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Local business closes its doors, owner says it couldn’t compete with Amazon

Original Article written by Courtney Highfield for WHP CBS 21 Click here for original article HARRISBURG, Pa. — A local small business is closing and the owner says part of the reason is not being able to compete with big online retailers. Creative Elegance has been in business for 32 years but Kathy Cadieux says it’s time to shut the doors and that’s partially because fewer people are physically going to stores like hers to shop. The retirement is bittersweet because Cadieux loves her store. “Every day I walk through the doors, my girls come in through the side door and I walk through the front and I stand there and say hi honey I'm home,” said Cadieux. She says it’s becoming increasingly difficult to compete with Amazon. “One of the big things that really got to us was people would come in, fall in love with gowns or something, Continue Reading

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Kathy Cadieux’s Retirement

Time to Move On She started a successful business more than three decades ago with $100 in her purse and a handful of dried flowers. Kathy Cadieux, owner and founder of Creative Elegance Boutique, never wished or dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur. “It just happened,” she says. Born and raised in Camp Hill, Kathy yearned to leave the region she called home after graduating from high school. “Ironically, I returned, smack dab in the center of the town I longed to leave,” she laughs. “The grass isn’t always greener.” After graduating from Camp Hill High School, she received a swimming athletic scholarship at the University of Miami. “I loved, loved, loved swimming!” she says. “But when I was training for the 1976 Olympics, something didn’t feel right. I still liked to swim, but I didn’t want to swim at such a competitive level.” Kathy transferred to James Madison University her Continue Reading

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