We have sold our building, but not The Shopper! And yes, we are very happy.
We are incredibly thankful for the great work of Kevin Hubbard, our Pender and Coward Attorney, friend, and neighbor, who has our everlasting gratitude for his wise council and expertise that made our closing so smooth!
And our gracious commercial broker from Riddle & Associates, longtime friend Lindsey Riddle Elliott has our sincere appreciation for bringing us so many interested buyers and bids that led to our sale.
The whole experience emphasized how important it is to have professionals guiding us through a process with so many moving parts. There is so much more to selling a building than we realized at the outset.
While we knew we would be moving, we did not realize just how much "stuff" we had.
It turned out that we had more copies of Shoppers from our first 40 years and of Doctor-To-Doctor Magazines (as we begin that publication's 12th year!) than we had considered. We settled on saving three of each, leaving room for future issues.
We will introduce you to the new owners of the building - Brandon and Kandice Dean of Silbar Security - once they move into the building and get open in March.
When Lindsey brought the Deans to see the building, I liked them immediately and told our team, "They are our buyers!" I felt like a mother entrusting someone with her child.
My beautiful building now belongs to this wonderful couple. I could not be more pleased.
We have sold
Fortunately, Tom Giroux of Barrett Street Auction Center & Antique Mall, agreed to auction off our business excess and many collectibles we had stored in the building. Barrett Street's next auction is January 29th at 9 am on January 29th at 2645 Dean Street.
The $64,000 question is, "Where are we going?" I am relieved to say we have a failsafe location in Hickory but have not made a final decision. We know we are continuing our popular Shopper and Doctor Magazines, just not where our office will end up. What I do believe is that we are going to make some exciting changes and can't wait to update the process.
Jean Loxley-Barnard has been a writer all her life and studied both sociology and psychology at George Washington University where she earned a B.A. Her company, The Shopper, Inc., encompasses all the Loxley-Barnard family publications - The Shopper Magazines and Doctor to Doctor Magazine. She has been in the advertising, consulting and publishing business for 39 years.