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to add more gift items and accessories. And also some humorous things like cards and socks that aren’t necessarily handmade but they make people smile. And we could all use some smiles right now.” 2. What’s the best thing about being your own boss? Almost everything honestly. I love this job. I love shopping and traveling to shows all over the country. Most of the time that is how I find all of the beautiful things to sell in my store. Sometimes the artist finds me, sometimes a customer or friend recommends something that I should have in the store. I love meeting the artists who make all of these beautiful things. I love interacting with customers and sharing the artwork with them. I love knowing that I am helping craftspeople get their work out into the world, helping get it seen and appreciated, and helping them make a living doing what they love too! And I still get to be creative, even though I’m not actually producing “artwork.” There are so many creative things that need to happen in the gallery. I really enjoy making the display items, especially the jewelry displays, and also doing the merchandising, the vignettes around the store and display windows. Growing up, I wanted to be Rhoda Morgenstern (if you’re under 55, you may need to Google that one). 3. How about the worst? I guess probably one negative thing is how much time I spend sitting in front of screens. There’s just SO MUCH that has to be done that way now – social media, websites, blogs, online sales, buying, banking, advertising, meetings... I don’t like spending my days in front of a computer. 4. Was there ever a hurdle where you just thought, “I can’t do this?” How did you overcome it? There have definitely been times where it just “didn’t seem worth it.” All the hours, especially in the beginning, working during holidays