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Carol Perkins: Main Street Screen Printing changing hands

New owners are Randy & Debbie Sexton.
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By Carol Perkins

I have sold my store. For those who didn't know I had a store, I have owned and operated Main Street Screenprinting in Edmonton for a few years now. Frankly, I had no intention of selling but then a chain of events told me, "It's time."

This past December, Randy Sexton, one of my former students and a real estate person in Metcalfe County, dropped by with a purpose. "If you ever think about selling your store, I would like to be on the short list." He probably thought I had had many offers but since I had not put any feelers out to indicate I wanted to sell, he was the first.

Business took too much time away from travelling

"Randy, I had not thought about selling until just last week when I realized how much work (physical and mental) and time I devote to this business. It keeps me from traveling as much as I would like, so let me think about it. Plus, I'm tired most of the time."

Jon said, "Sell, Mama, and be free."

Carla said, "What will you do every day?"

Guy said, "It's your baby so you decide what you want to do."

Loved customers and designing shirts for them

So, I thought about the pros and cons. I loved my customers and designing shirts for them, but as the business grew so did the responsibility and long hours and deadlines. Perhaps it was time for me to retire for the last time. I have retired twice from teaching!

Once I made up my mind, Randy and I worked out a plan to change ownerships in May. He had some things going on and that would give me time to organize and work with my customers and fulfill more of my obligations that I was grateful to have.

I didn't tell anyone but family and neither did he. Nothing was finalized so there really wasn't anything to tell.

Randy and Debbie Sexton putting finishing touches on business

As you read this I will be at home without a place to be or an obligation. Randy and his wife Debbie will be rearranging and putting their touch on the new business, which they will call Main Street Custom Apparel. They hope to continue with what I have started and build this into a far-reaching enterprise. For as long as they need me, I am on call.

Those who know me well keep asking, "What will you do now?" They know that I am not a sitter. For now, I am going to breathe deeply and stay in bed for a day doing nothing but watching game shows and eating Honey Nut Cheerios. Then I will get up and make a new plan. One thing is for sure: that plan won't include answering to a clock except on Tuesdays when Susan and I do our radio show-the highlight of my week.

Now I can visit my grandchildren, write the books I've started, and exercise. Well, maybe two of the three. Carol Perkins

Carol Perkins, the writer of this popular CM Column, is an author, owner and operator (until May 2015) of Main Street Screenprinting, 601 S. Main Street, Edmonton, KY, Phones 270-432-3152 and 270-670-4913 and is co-host of Susan (Susan Shirley Chambers) & Carol (Carol Sullivan Perkins) on 99.1 The Hoss, regularly live at 10amCT, each Tuesday.

This story was posted on 2015-04-30 04:04:15
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