‘Small Business Saturday’ is Nov. 24

Special to The Mountaineer
By Cyndi Calhoun | Nov 19, 2012
Photo by: Donated photo SUPPORT WAYNESVILLE’S SMALL BUSINESSES — Jeannie Shuckstes, the owner of The Village Framer on Main St. in Waynesville, has a framing boutique that is inviting, friendly and professional.

Small businesses are the lifeline of the American economy. They employ countless people across the U.S. and help make each village, town or city a unique place.

Saturday, Nov. 24, is Small Business Saturday. It's a day that highlights the world of small business and encourages consumers to buy locally so that their money supports local merchants, local families and the local economy.

One of my favorite small businesses is the Village Framer, 56 N. Main St., in downtown Waynesville. It’ a fun frame shop that has been in business for more than 30 years.

Jeannie Shuckstes is the owner of the Village Framer. As soon as customers go into the store, they can see her decorative touch. Frames of paintings and local art adorn the walls, local pottery sits on several tables and local artists sell their cards and other gifts on consignment.

Shuckstes bought the store in the summer of 2011 after the former owner retired. The store itself boasts three decades of service, and Shuckstes was an employee there for 10 years before she had the opportunity to buy it.

In fact, she said that one of her favorite things about the work she does is “the love and thoughtfulness I put into each person’s order. It takes time and effort, but I believe in providing the best service to anyone and everyone who walks through my doors.”

The framing boutique is inviting and friendly.  She knows how to connect with people.

Her small business, however, is not unique in its approach in treating people right, with respect and dignity. Up and down Main Street, other small businesses are thriving. As people step into each one, no one is a stranger.

Perhaps it’s because Waynesville isn’t a big city, but it’s a wonderful feeling walking there, knowing you can walk into any store or restaurant and get personal service and a friendly face.

This is indeed, what the community should support on Small Business Saturday Nov. 24.

© C. Calhoun 2012. All rights reserved.


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