Owners want balance and better organization in 2014

vbridges@newsobserver.comDecember 30, 2013 

Shop Talk reporter Virginia Bridges asked small-business owners to name one goal they hope to achieve in 2014. This is what they said.

• “The Wine Feed’s mission is to empower wine drinkers through wine experiences and more meaningful wine education. My goal for 2014 is to help at least 24,480 people drink better wine,” said Phillip Zucchino, co-owner and director of wine programs at The Wine Feed, a Raleigh wine store and bar.

• “One goal I have for 2014 is to improve my organizational skills, an area I consistently struggle with. In 2013, we worked really hard to break into new markets and added several new wholesale accounts and retail shows into our schedule,” said Sonya Coulson Rook, artist and owner of Metamorphosis Metals in downtown Raleigh. “It’s so inspiring to watch my little business expand, but over the holidays, I’ve found myself struggling to keep up with production and have realized implementing organizational systems is a must if we want to continue to grow.”

• “We want better inventory management,” said Michael Bell, owner of Hunky Dory, a smokeware and record shop in Durham. “With thousands of LPs in stock and off-site, it’d be pretty sweet if a customer asks if we have an original ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,’ and we click a button, and say, ‘Yes,’ and ‘We can get it to you by tomorrow evening.’ 

• “My goal ... for 2014 is to increase our visibility. As an arts business, visibility is vital to our success because ultimately we want people to see and appreciate our artistic works,” said Jose Chavira, artist and owner of the March Hare Gallery, a Raleigh shop that specializes in eco-friendly, practical artwork such as stationery, coasters, and garden and home decor.

• “For me it is just balancing family and work,” said Kiona van Rhee, who designs and sells jewelry for her Raleigh company, Lucky Accessories. “It is just so incredibly easy to get swept up in working as much as you can, and I have to keep in mind that I am doing it to support my family.”

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