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26hasexperiencedsomeeconomicchallengesduringthepastfewyears.Howeverliketheirparentsbeforethemthesistersknowhowtoadapt.Tocounterintermittentdownturnsintheir7oralandgardeningbusinessKrisandMichellehaveexpandedKar-Fretoincludeuniquegiftlines.x1cWex19realwayslookingforfunthingsthatwelikebutmaybecanx19t6ndinthisarea.x1dFlowershoweverarestillKar-Frex19smainrevenuestream.x1cInconsideringwhethertocarrythisorthatknick-knackweaskourselveswhatcanhappenwiththisthatalsoinvolves7owersIsitabirdhousethatcangointoabouquetAnangelthatcanbepartofafuneralarrangementItx19sstillallfueledbythe7owerbusiness.x1dTheyarealsotakingfulladvantageofnewmediatoenhancesalesatKar-Fre.Michellemaintainsthecompanywebsiteandcreditstheironlinepresenceforalargepartofthegrowththeyx19veexperiencedinthelast6veyears.x1cItallowspeopletoshopatanyhourwhichisgreatforus.x1dMichellealsowritesablogcalledx1cMichellex19sMusingsx1dwhereshediscusseseverythingfromfamilyhappeningstonewofferingsatthestore.MichelleandKrisacknowledgethatmanagingawebsiteandwritingablogsometimesseemlikefull-timejobsandtheyoftenasktheirkidstohelpoutaroundtheshopinparticularlybusytimes.Whilethesebusinesswomenappreciatetheextrahandstheyalsotakepleasureinwatchinghistoryrepeatitselfastheyseetheirdaughterstakingonsomeofthesamedutiestheyweregivenasyounggirls.x1cKrisandIusedtomakedeliveriestogetherandDadwoulddrawmeamapwithreallyspeci6cdirectionslikex18youx19llseetwelvefencepostsandthenatreebeforeyouturnleft.x19WellifthattreewascutdownIx19ddriveforhoursjustlostsoIdevelopedmyownsystem.ThenthispastValentinex19sDayMaggieandLucycameintomakedeliveriesforusandjustlikemyDadItriedtodrawamapforthesegirls.Theythrewmymapawayandsaidx18Momwex19vegottheGPS.x19x1dMichellelaughs.x1cItx19samazinghowthingscomefullcircle.x1dFortyyearsandthreegenerationslaterKar-FrehasbecomeaSycamoreinstitutionthanksinlargeparttoKrisandMichellex19sloveforthecommunitywheretheygrewup.TheKar-Frepropertystandsasamonumenttothesistersx19sharedmemoriesx14thelightshangingintheconservatoryusedtoadorndowntownStateStreetatChristmastimeoldcitydecorationscanbefoundincertaincornersofthestore.Krisre7ectsbackonthechoicestheymadeasyoungwomenandhasnoregrets.x1cIthinkpartofthereasonMichelleandIhaveendeduphereinsteadofbecomingasportswriterorworkingincorporateAmericaisourloveforSycamore.Wehavesuchapassionforthiscommunityandthatdrivesalotofwhatwedo.x1dResourceBankTakingCarex1cTherstmeetingIhadwithBrianEllingsonandSteveBraseratResourceBankwhenwewerethinkingaboutdoingbusinesswiththemwasjustareallygoodexperience.IwaskindofnervousaboutwhatwasgoingtotranspirethereandwhatweweregettingintothecommitmentweweregoingtomakebutIlefttherefeelingsoencouraged.Theyweredoingbusinesslikewewanttodobusiness.WejustfeltembracedandIknewthatwewouldbewelltakencareof.Theyx19vegoneoutoftheirwaytomakeusfeelwelcome.Iliketothinkourfriendsareareectionofusandthatx19strueofourfriendsatResourceBank.x1d-KrisWrennSUCCESS26