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Business Buzz: Fashion shop sees success in Centennial Mall

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

When Just Dance moved to Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, along with it went a shop known as Studio V, and the new location has worked well.

Studio V first opened in Suite 127 of the mall in September next to Just Dance, with a selection of female fashions and dance accessories.

Kalee Voegtle operates the boutique on the weekend, with business hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays only. Between working as an instructor with Just Dance, teaching the third grade at Sandrock Elementary School and more, the time in the store is one of her more relaxing jobs.

"I just do this for fun," she said, with her clientele spreading from Just Dance students to a greater base.

She said she also hopes to see a new rush of shoppers in time for the holiday season, her specialized hours fitting perfectly with an upcoming promotion.

"I'll be having some great deals for Small Business Saturday," she said.

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For more information on Studio V, call 970-219-0146.

Furniture store brings in new manager

Furniture Gallery of Craig, 385 Ranney St., recently added a new manager to its ranks, hiring Jeff Smith for the position in late October.

Smith, who has lived in Craig since 2008, said he has had previous jobs adjacent to the home furnishings industry, though this is his first time in a job like his current one.

"I'm still getting my feet wet," he said.

Furniture Gallery is still in the midst of a liquidation sale intended to clear out 50 percent of the inventory as it brings in new materials from its warehouse. Smith said he wants to focus on this task before making any significant changes.

He also wants to continue to stay to true to the basic components of retail management.

"We just want to improve customer service and improve sales in the store," he said.

For more information on Furniture Gallery, call 970-824-2368.

Small Business Saturday boosts local economies

After — or sometimes even during — the Thanksgiving holiday, the Christmas shopping season is on, but as large chain stores and online outlets offer their newest deals, consider making part of your purchases from locally owned businesses.

The United States Small Business Administration encourages shoppers to participate in Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29 in addition to — or perhaps as an alternative to — Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

The trend of "shopping small" has been catching on since 2010, and according to a news release from SBA, $5.7 billion was spent last year among independent merchants by people aware of the post-Thanksgiving activity.

Suggestions for promoting Small Business Saturday with friends and family include making a day of the experience and seeking out different types of shopping establishments, using the hashtag #SmallBizSat on social media and conversing with recipients of your gifts about where you picked up their latest possession.

Business owners seeking advice for Small Business Saturday can find tips at http://www.sba.gov/smallbusinesssaturday.