Private Businesses Trying to Stay Strong in Sluggish Economy

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Persnickety's employee Maria Riego is among many who work at privately owned businesses. She is no stranger to seeing the economy have an effect on them.

"We've seen a lot of places close and all and we're just praying that we'll be blessed with our business," says Riego.

And blessed they were this holiday season, bringing in more sales than expected.

"Our Christmas was just the best business we've had since we've been open, we did tremendous business at Christmas."

While another local boutique was steady on Christmas Eve, Freckled Frog employee Lauren Pilcher says this past years sales were lagging more than usual.

"It's been a little slower but it's not putting us in any danger of closing or anything, we'll still be here, we'll still be going strong," says Pilcher.

For some businesses like Kirkpatrick’s, they've had to close their doors indefinitely and for neighboring business the Papermoon co-owner Cindy Crews says instead of turning pictures in pages, profit is turning over.

"It's been slower but December is never our busiest time," said Crews.

Crews says her scrap booking business sees more people coming in from around Dothan, even though gas prices have gone down families are still watching what they spend.

"It depends on what the family budget is how much people can come in and spend and so things like that effect our business."

Even though these three businesses are coping with the ways of the economy...they all are keeping a positive outlook for the future.

Riego said, "You just have to hope and pray that things are on the up swing and if Christmas had any sign of it then I really think it is."

With these businesses you also have to take into account the demographic that is shopping in these stores....so while one store may be doing well another may be struggling just a bit...but hopefully that will all change.

In November, circuit city announced it would be closing about 20-percent of its stores in the United States.

While Dothan is not going to be affected by the downsize; stores in Panama City and Tallahassee will be closing.


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