Shop Talk reporter Virginia Bridges asked small-business owners to share their April Fools Day stories. This is what they said.
• Years ago we had a mouse issue at Vaguely Reminiscent, and I became quite vigilant about any source of food being left in the store, said Carol Anderson, owner of the Ninth Street clothing and accessories store. I got my comeuppance one morning as I came to work to open the shop and found (a Subway marketing prop that looked like an actual sandwich) on the cabinet behind the counter. I went ballistic. And I am very glad I was the only one there that morning. My coworker had begged and pleaded with Subway to get this prop ... and the joke worked perfectly. Do I need to say I backed off in my intensity about the food? One of the best jokes played on me ever.
• We officially opened on April 1, three years ago, said Becky Hacker, who, along with her husband Mike, owns the Durham-based food truck Pie Pushers. We had one kinda helpful soft night, but when that first night came, it really did start with a rush of excited, local and supportive friends, family and just folks from around Durham. I can remember there being a moment, maybe one hour into our night, where Mike and I paused, just for that one second from smiling at customers and throwing pies to smile and say to each other, Happy April Fools Day.