A pidder patter of new business
June 11, 2009 at 1:11 a.m.
Updated June 13, 2009 at 1:13 a.m.
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Address and phone number:
1305A E. Airline Road, 361-570-2229
Number of employees:
1: Why did you choose the industry?
I have always wanted to have my own business, especially now that I am a mother. While I was pregnant, I had the hardest time finding maternity and baby items. Therefore, I found the perfect opportunity to open my own boutique.
2: Describe your first day in business.
The day went very well. I figured that, since we did not have our awning yet, the day would be very slow. I was wrong.
3: Describe a typical workday.
We are open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week and from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. A typical day includes returning phone calls, ordering merchandise and assisting customers.
4: Why open up shop in the Crossroads region?
Victoria is growing and the need for maternity clothes and baby gear will never go away. There are so many things out there that you can't find in Victoria. I wanted to change that. We are adding more to the store each month.
5: Is it difficult to find employees in our workforce? How do you find workers?
Currently, my mother and I run the store.
6: What advice would you give others starting a new business?
Do a lot of research, find what merchandise appeals to customers, find a good location and be willing to invest a lot of personal time into your business.
7: What is the biggest challenge your industry faces?
The biggest challenge my industry faces is the chance of large chain stores moving into the Crossroads region.
8: What is something most people don't realize about running a small business?
It takes a lot of time and patience.
9: In your time running your business, what do you most enjoy?
In addition to spending quality time with my daughter, I enjoy the opportunity to meet and serve new customers daily.
10: Where do you see yourself and your business in five years?
I would like to see Pidder Patter become a main staple for expecting mothers and families in Victoria and surrounding counties and eliminate the need to travel out of town for expecting mothers.
- Allison Miles, Victoria Advocate
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