Shop Talk reporter Virginia Bridges asked small-business owners how important location is to their companies. This is what they said.
▪ “For Deco Raleigh, location is everything,” said Pam Blondin, owner of the gift store that focuses on local artisans. “Being in downtown Raleigh was a requirement for my business plan, and landing on a corner was the icing on the cake. When we opened at Hargett and Salisbury, it wasn’t much of a corner, but only a couple of years later, it’s becoming a hub of activity in downtown. We get customers who work, play, visit and just hang out in downtown.”
▪ “Location of an accessible office is very important for my business,” said Pam Higdon, president of Express Employment Professionals, a staffing and HR services company with locations in Raleigh and Durham. “In order to interview the best talent for our clients, we need to have locations that our candidates can easily find and professional locations that make each candidate feel welcome. An added feature is being visible to passing traffic for branding of Express.”
▪ “Our Cary location is paramount to the sewers, embroiders and overall staff that have to travel to their jobs at Stitch Golf every day,” said Charlie Burgwyn, CEO and founder of Stitch Golf, a Cary-based company that manufacturers and distributes leather golf club headcovers.
▪ “The business climate in (Southeast) North Carolina is all about creating relationships, starting with the UNC-W and Brunswick Small Business Centers,” said Jane Baker, president of Bakagain in Leland. The company specializes in educational, business and healthcare facility furnishings. “We promote our products online but are researching office and showroom opportunities so that we can support and be part of the downtown Wilmington community.”