Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Retail store success: Blackberry Hollow

Nearly four years ago, a roadside shop in rural Virginia called Blackberry Hollow opened to sell barn-wood furniture, primitive housewares, candles, lamps, soaps, florals and framed prints. The red brick building with white trim and a big front porch sits next to U.S. 460 in Blue Ridge, only seven miles east of downtown Roanoke. Inside, the air is scented with potpourri, and bluegrass music plays. Kim Monsour and her handful of employees - all family or friends - greet customers with smiles and Southern accents.

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