BUSINESS JOURNAL: Looking Up? Maybe

Business Owners Mixed On Economic Outlook

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Posted: August 27, 2013

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Cathy Pitts (right), a designer at Classic Kitchen & Bath in Harrisonburg, meets with homeowner Beverly Armbruster of Lakewood on a bath/master bedroom remodeling project on Aug. 16. The store has been seeing more customers seeking to remodel their homes, and their clients are willing to spend more on high-end products. “Where the last few years it was all about price, now they’re like, ‘It’s about the investment,’” said Jill McGlaughlin, owner of the Deyerle Avenue store. Photo by Michael Reilly / DN-R.
Jill McGlaughlin, owner of Classic Kitchen & Bath on Deyerle Avenue in Harrisonburg, examines a bathroom/shower combination designed for easy access at her business. The feeling McGlaughlin gets from customers this year is one of confidence, she says. “This year we hit an uptick.” Photo by Michael Reilly / DN-R.
HARRISONBURG — Local business owners have mixed opinions about the economy’s direction more than four years after the recession officially ended.

Some use the term cautious optimism to describe...


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