Sharon Litka, owner of Main Market and Hometown Variety, can relate to both, especially with the struggling economy and higher expenses.
"Business was better when the gas prices were high and this winter when we had snow storms," she chuckled.
"Customers wanted and needed a variety store," Litka said. "They wanted basic office supplies, some toys, and seasonal items."
Having both Main Market and Hometown Variety allows Litka to employ three full time staff and five part time staff to help get the work done. Main Market provide fresh and frozen meats, dairy, fruit, canned goods, household products, beer and wine. They also specialize in meat, veggie and fruit trays for all occasions.
Even with good help and great customers the stress of running a business can be almost too much. Litka has replaced five compressors in her coolers on five different occasions in her 12 years of business with Main Market. Four out of the five times Litka has had to rely on insurance to cover her loss.
"I've had to just open the cooler and throw out ice cream several times," she said. "Last year was not a good year because of cooler problems."
Thankfully the Sutherland community has been supportive through good times and bad.
"It's a small town and people are pretty understanding when we are down for repairs," she said. "They understand when it isn't fixed in just a couple of hours. I really need to say a special thank you to our regulars ... they are what keep it going."