Owner Closes Berlin Gift Shop, Blames...

Owner Closes Berlin Gift Shop, Blames Economy -- Religious Fest...

There are 18 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Apr 3, 2008, titled Owner Closes Berlin Gift Shop, Blames Economy -- Religious Fest.... In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Christine Sparmer left a job heading an insurance company's marketing department to open a retail gift store called Wrap It Up! The Gift House in her hometown of Berlin in 2004.

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The iceman

South Windsor, CT

#1 Apr 4, 2008
All my money goes to Gas OIL and Food.
mmmm

Granby, CT

#2 Apr 4, 2008
I sell in a similar industry on the internet and note with interest that my customer list has almost no one from Connecticut or even New England.

Since: Mar 08

Plymouth, MN

#3 Apr 4, 2008
My wife and I have gone to this shop several times and the owner is such a peach...I wish her all the best.
Peela

United States

#4 Apr 4, 2008
The iceman wrote:
All my money goes to Gas OIL and Food.
You need to make more money!
Ed M

Newington, CT

#5 Apr 4, 2008
My buggy whip business isn't doing very well either.
Dan

King Of Prussia, PA

#6 Apr 4, 2008
Don't like the economy? Were you against drilling in ANWR? If we allowed drilling in Alaska or off-shore in California, oil would NOT cost 100 dollars a barrel.

This economy is hostage to radical environmentalists.

Of course, you won't read that story in the Courant.
captain obvious

Phenix City, AL

#8 Apr 4, 2008
What is the point of this article? Who knew that these types of retailers would sell lots more junque during the Christmas season and experience a dropoff afterwards. Then we find out that running a retail business is NOT a 9 to 5 job. Business closures happen everyday whether the economy is roaring or snoring.
Mark

Manchester, CT

#9 Apr 4, 2008
Ed M wrote:
My buggy whip business isn't doing very well either.
I am suprised. I would have thought buggy whips would be in high demand right now...
Nick

West Hartford, CT

#10 Apr 4, 2008
Dan wrote:
Don't like the economy? Were you against drilling in ANWR? If we allowed drilling in Alaska or off-shore in California, oil would NOT cost 100 dollars a barrel.
This economy is hostage to radical environmentalists.
Of course, you won't read that story in the Courant.
You wont read it because its not true.

Oil presently drilled in Alaska is being shipped abroad to the Pacific rim countries. It is the most expensive oil you can get out of the ground.

It sounds nice to blame one thing for our woes but its just not true.
Nick

West Hartford, CT

#11 Apr 4, 2008
Ed M wrote:
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Gee, go figure. Ya think it just MIGHT have anything to do with the fact that the Democrats are running every state in New England? Taxes are the highest in the country and it seems the only jobs people strive to get are to be on the public dole.
The more you tax the living S_H_I_T out of businesses and the private sector, the more they leave for down south or other countries.
Way to go New England!!!
Again it's nice to place blame but the atricle doesnt mention taxes as a reason.

You either dont know or realize that small businesses have many accounting advantages that they can use to keep their state tax liabilty low.

It's not unusual for a small business in Ct to only pay a minimium state tax of 250.00 because they can show a loss on the books for the first few years.

I wish the people good luck and give them credit that they bailed when they did.

It sounds more like retail wasnt for this person and that alone takes a smart person to admit.

I wish then the best in the future.
East Hartfordite

South Windsor, CT

#12 Apr 4, 2008
Mark wrote:
<quoted text>
I am suprised. I would have thought buggy whips would be in high demand right now...
I've invested in spats and Zeppelins. These markets have been stable recently.
Nick

West Hartford, CT

#15 Apr 4, 2008
Jeff H wrote:
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Wow, can you post some sources, because your claim is contrary to everything i've read on the subject and i cant find anything to back up your claims.(You are full of s h i t is what i'm really trying to say)
If we could tap all of our own oil in the US, off New Jersey, Florida, Cali, etc, we would not need middle east oil, and we'd not be funding islamfascists. Enviroweenies stop us from doing so, and as such, are responsible for this war against terrorism we are fighting.
Liberals polices have far reaching unintended consequences. They are the real enemy of America.
Try the dpeartment of energy website.

For starters the existing wells in Alaska are only producing at 50% of their original output as an example.

Another factoid is the cost of getting the oil ot of the ground and offshore is one of if not the most expensive.

All you solution is for oil to cost 200 a barrel not less.

And isnt less cost for oil the idea?
Jim

Wallingford, CT

#16 Apr 4, 2008
Mark wrote:
<quoted text>
I am suprised. I would have thought buggy whips would be in high demand right now...
nOT SINCE sPTIZER GOT CAUGHT.
Fred

Princeton, NJ

#17 Apr 4, 2008
The rising economies in China and India,( which is where alot of products and American jobs have been outsourced to ) have created a big demand for oil. Chavez and Castro will soon be drilling for oil a few miles off the coast of Florida in the Gilf of Mexico. We need new refineries as well as new wells for oil exploration, such as ANWAR, the coast of California, Gulf of New Mexico...... but NO! The environmental liberal whacko's have a problem with that!
Nick

West Hartford, CT

#18 Apr 4, 2008
funny how this story is about a local business and the topic turns to drilling in Anwar.

Is ADD now the National disease of the US?
A Rational American

Newington, CT

#19 Apr 4, 2008
Dan wrote:
Don't like the economy? Were you against drilling in ANWR? If we allowed drilling in Alaska or off-shore in California, oil would NOT cost 100 dollars a barrel.
This economy is hostage to radical environmentalists.
Of course, you won't read that story in the Courant.
Dan: First, there is a great deal of oil produced from Alaska. Have you ever heard of this thing called the Alaska Pipeline. Well, it actually carries oil. Second, ANWR has a meaning - the Artic National Wildlife Refuge. What about that name might give one pause to throw up the odd oil rig? I've been there, it is beautiful and special and worth preserving. I've also been to Valdez, Alaska, where the negative effects of the Exxon Valdez are still felt. That WAS a beautiful place too. Something tells me that you wouldn't be so keen on drilling in a wildlife refuge if you had to look at or smell the oil derricks in your backyard - No, they don't look like the Eiffle tower! Nor does oil drilling smell like the baking of fresh French bread!
Fred

Somerset, MA

#20 Apr 4, 2008
Nick - you dipstick! you are the one who introduced oil into this blog! Who has ADD you moron.
Priscilla

United States

#23 Apr 7, 2008
Christine, good for you for trying. Don't give up and don't quit on your dreams. Most people work for someone else helping others to achieve their dreams. Most people give up on their dreams because they have a JOB working for someone else. Christine, open up a nother store... Be Srong and don't listen to the Naysyers.

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