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New business - Bittersweet Memories

June 22, 2008

Name of business: Bittersweet Memories

Owners: Patty Barnhart, Beverly Hawbaker and Bonnie Mills

Address: Upstairs at Wilson's Old Country Store, 14921 Rufus Wilson Road, Clear Spring

Opening date: Oct. 4, 2007

Products and services: Primitive, colonial and country home gift items and decor; furniture; candles; flags; pictures; yellowware and tinware; wreaths; flowers; shelves; cupboards; linens; birdhouses; boxes; and crocks.

Market area: Tri-State

How did you get into your business or what motivated you to start it?: "There were six of us sisters. We started talking about a gift shop just before our mother died in 2000. After she passed away, we used a little of our inheritance to start. We named our business "Bittersweet Memories" becuase she was sweet and her death was bitter. Now, after seven years, there are only three of us sisters who are still in the business. The others had to drop out because of other commitments."

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Previous business experience: Six years of having an open house two times a year at one of the women's homes.

Number of employees: Three

Store hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone number: 301-582-9009

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