Labor pains

I was chatting with a friend in retail over the Labor Day weekend, and he said it’s a tough time right now despite all the talk about the economy being good here. I mentioned that it’s probably a good time to check in with small local shops for a story on how they’re doing, but he said no one would want to talk. He said it’s hard to be known as a popular store or the “it’ store of the moment if you admit to problems.

Of course, it’s probably also hard to attract shoppers if you don’t let them know you need them.

As difficult a time it is for so many businesses — including newspapers — I have to admit I’m thankful not to be in retail.