Little 'holiday' for family-owned businesses

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - In the world of retail, holiday shoppers can make your season bright, but owning and running your own business can sometimes sap your good cheer.

Marie Beauregard of Miss Marie's Shoe Store says she loves helping customers find their perfect step, but with all the long holiday hours, sometimes falls out of hers, "We just focus on the store, and we don't really get to do very much at home, like we didn't get a Christmas tree, we don't put up any decorations or anything, cause you're here all the time."

At Alida's Fruits, David Helmer says he at least has a larger family to help out at their store, but says, "Christmas is crazy for us, we can't even close the store at night sometimes without having people come in and shop after hours."

Though it seems like a less–than-ideal situation, officials with the Grand Junction Business Incubator say this time of year, family businesses should make sacrifices to profit.

Annalisa Pearson with the Incubator says try re–scheduling your holiday until after the rush to keep your sanity as a family, "That way you're not trying to work work work and do the celebrating."

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