WHEELING - While owning your own business requires a certain level of hard work and risk, there can be plenty of rewards that make the endeavor worthwhile.
Nini Zadrozny, owner of Nini's Treasures, and The Soup Shack Owner Frank Warren agree there are plenty of advantages and rewards that come with owning your own business.
Zadrozny, who owns and operates a women's boutique at The Highlands, which carries what she refers to as the "trifecta" in women's accessories - Vera Bradley, Pandora and Brighton - said it has been extremely rewarding to work in a business that has provided her with plenty of opportunities over nearly two decades.
Zadrozny, who first opened her women's boutique in 1995 at Stratford Springs resort near Oglebay Park, then relocated in 2009 near the Marquee Cinema at The Highlands in Ohio County, takes an extreme amount of pride in her business.
"You've got to have good quality products ... and we pride ourselves with treating everybody like part of our family, because in the long run if it wasn't for them, we wouldn't be here," said Zadrozny. She said being able to feel a sense of satisfaction at the end of the day, "like you made somebody's day," is also very fulfilling.
Zadrozny said owning her own business has allowed her to connect with her customers and give back to the local community in a number of ways. She said through her store she has been able to donate gifts and clothing items to many local charities including Habitat for Humanity (through the local Soroptimist Club) and the YWCA boutique,which helps women who are trying to get back into the workforce.
Zadrozny, who earned a degree in the medical technology field, said she has always had a "hand in sales," and while she first worked in the medical field at Ohio Valley Medical Center as a medical technician, she said pursuing the boutique business soon became more of a passion that afforded her the right balance for her lifestyle.
Having a passion for the business and being able to control her own hours were two big advantages she soon discovered- especially after getting married and having children.
Zadrozny said she plans to one day turn the business over to her daughter, Lydia, who currently works at her side as the store manager.
In addition, Zadrozny is very proud of her entire staff. "I can't say enough about the staff - if you have the right staff in place ... it's about being personable to everyone who walks through the door," she added.
Frank Warren, owner of the Soup Shack said just being able to control your own destiny and "call your own shots," is one of the primary reasons he decided to open his own business, which debuted in July 2009 in the historical Centre Market section of Wheeling.
"You don't have to answer to anybody but yourself," said Warren, who takes a tremendous amount of pride in his eatery that offers a menu with a variety of soups, stews, chili, sandwiches and salads.
"I care about each and every customer that comes into this place. ... I see some of the same people (several times each week) and I feel a ton of pride."