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and almost every weekend and, sometimes, not really seeing any financial benefit. This past year has, of course, been difficult for everyone. But, we’re still here! 5. Any mentors/role models you look to/have looked to? I come from a long line of creative people whom I admire and who were self-employed. My paternal grandfather started his own painting business, SB Bolson and Sons, which is where my father and his brothers worked for their entire lives. Eventually my dad bought the business. It is currently owned by my brother and still in operation today, almost 100 years later. My maternal grandparents and great grandparents were farmers, so self-employed also. I have also been so incredibly fortunate to meet some fellow gallery owners who inspire me and support me in all kinds of ways. Stores who specialize in American craft are a very different kind of store and also are fairly rare, so when you meet someone in this industry, you all tend to help each other out.

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6. What’s the one thing you wish you had known before you started? I don’t really know. I guess if I had known I would be doing this for 30 years, I probably would have gotten some background in book keeping or accounting. But then maybe I would have gotten distracted. It happened when it needed to happen I think. 7. How do you manage your life/work balance? I’ve learned over the years that you just have to make time for the things you want to do. I have been so lucky that I have had such great employees over the years and we all work together to make sure we can balance our lives. Agora is open seven days a week, so sometimes I end up working when I may feel like doing something else, but ultimately it’s something that I really like so it’s not so bad. I mean, I’m also the boss, so if I REALLY want to do something, I guess I can just close! I also am someone who always needs a project, I always need to be starting something new, designing something, remodeling something. Right now I’m between projects, so.... look out. Something is coming... 8. What keeps you inspired? Being surrounded by all of this beautiful stuff every day is always inspiring to me, truly. Being creative, and being around creatives gives me energy. I can’t imagine living my life without that.





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