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ShopTalk: Small business help
Welcome to ShopTalk, where the Observer tells you about small businesses and local entrepreneurs who have solved a problem, met a challenge or carved a unique niche. Follow us here each day, and in our Wednesday printed edition.

You can still find Pete Politis, 83, meeting and greeting customers at Skyland Restaurant, one of 10 Charlotte eateries he founded.

Business owners surrounded by construction on Interstate 485 say they’ve lost revenue because of the traffic changes and will have to spend thousands in reprinting marketing materials to reflect a change of address.

When not working his day job, Kevin Brown of Matthews crafts instruments for his side gig, Rhythm House Drums.

Blake Barnes, owner of the Common Market, says connecting with customers and “flowing” with the Plaza Midwood neighborhood has helped keep his store profitable.


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Small-business owners, we want to see what you look like when you're at your place of business.

There's still time to grab baby's first Christmas ornament at the same Matthews shop where custom...

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Christian Ofori-Boateng and Steven Amani, co-founders of Charlotte’s ChristianSteven software company, help provide basketball and soccer equipment for kids at the Simmons YMCA.

Networking events and classes of interest to the small business community.

A growing movement to find work for autistic people is helping some start their own businesses.

‘Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle and Generally Have More Fun,’ by Gretchen Rubin.

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