Cathy Graham opened her small business- Copperfish Books and Gifts- about three years ago with the goal to sell books and become closer to the community. Previously unable to establish her store downtown, Copperfish Books and Gifts is finally making its move to her intended location.
“I opened the store because I wanted to do more than just work out of my garage and run around in different directions.” Graham said. “You know, kind of become part of the community.”
Originally, downtown was the ideal location where Graham wanted to open her store. She expects more customers upon the move to the more populated area of the small town.
“We’ve always wanted to be downtown, but there was never space available.” Graham said.
The winter season is especially important for small businesses to earn significant profit.
“There’s a summertime here in Florida, and in Southwest Florida summertime is quite slow,” said Jerry Presseller, director of the Downtown Merchants Association in Punta Gorda.
Even in its new location, the goals of Copperfish are the same: attract customers and become part of Punta Gorda’s small town community.
“That’s the fun thing about owning a business, relationship building. It’s nice in a small town too, because you get to know people and they become regulars,” Graham said.
According to the Copperfish website, the store will officially move to 103 W. Marion Avenue, Main Street, as of March 1, 2016. A grand opening event will be held at 10 a.m. on March 5th.