Iris at the Basin Park

Iris and Rick Feutz, co-owners
Eureka Springs, Ark.
How do this year’s sales compare to recent years’? Are you seeing a consistent decline or a slow improvement?

Sales in 2009 as compared to 2008 are down about 10% thanks to a stronger October, but lag 2007 by 13.5%. Our business is tourist-based and can be influenced by factors other than the economy; this year’s weather contributed to lower sales. The trend of the last six to eight weeks seems to be a slow improvement both in customer count and sales, which bodes well for next year.


Down Creek Gallery

Tony W. McGowan, owner
Ocracoke, N.C.
Have you reduced your inventory levels? What needs to happen before you will feel comfortable increasing your inventory levels?

We did not reduce our inventory levels. We increased our inventory levels at the beginning of the spring season. We looked for lower price points in high-quality works.