Small Business, Big Heart

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Small business owners face a list of struggles every single day just to stay in business. Without the deep resources many large corporations have, small businesses find themselves working hard to generate revenue and make a good profit. In addition, many small businesses find themselves in predicaments where they are even bought out by larger corporations and have no physical space.

“You know, people have a right to make money. I guess the new owners took over the building right at the end of December here on the Friday before Christmas Eve. So the day before Christmas Eve, we were given a proposal for a lease which was completely untenable. We couldn’t stay in business at that rate, so we decided to move out,” explains Daniel Weiberg, Co-owner of Cedar Barn, a gift shop in Superior, Wisconsin.

Daniel co-owns the business with his spouse, Rika Weiberg. Cedar Barn has been a staple in the community and they are sad to go. Small businesses are often subject to this displacement all throughout the Northland, leaving these brick and mortar stores with little to no options.

“We live in Billings Park and we’re a part of this town. So this is going to hurt. And I wish the new owners the best with whatever they have going. I think there’s a better way to do business, but that’s the way they’ve opted to go,” continues Weiberg.

More than anything, Cedar Barn wants people to know their store is one that is for the community.

“Well, I just want people to know that the community is changing a little bit, that we’re going to be leaving. I don’t want people to, you know, two months from now, all of a sudden realize that their favorite spot to pick up a gift doesn’t exist anymore. So come on out, have a talk, get the chance to say goodbye, and pick up some deals while you’re here as well,” finishes Weiberg.

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