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Curio shop offers more than antiques

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Muriel Kropp, owner of Sweet Violet’s in Prescott Valley, poses in front of a vast array of collectibles and antiques in her store Thursday.

Brett Soldwedel/ The Daily Courier<br> Muriel Kropp, owner of Sweet Violet’s in Prescott Valley, poses in front of a vast array of collectibles and antiques in her store Thursday.

Q & A with Muriel Kropp, owner of Sweet Violet's Antiques & Collectibles at 2485 N. Greatwestern Drive, Prescott Valley. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. 778-7264.

Q: How did you get into this business?

A: "I always wanted to have a collectible store, and said if I ever opened one, it would have my grandmother's name, Violet, because she was my inspiration."

Q: What service do you provide in the community?

A: "We offer antiques, collectibles, and gently-used clothing from a popular women's clothing store."

Q: What's the key to your business longevity?

A: "Enjoying our customers and appreciating their repeat business."

Q: What's the best business advice you've received and given?

A: "We always acknowledge every person who comes into our store and enjoy each and every day."

Q: What's something unique about you?

A: "I am an interior designer and I'm one of five kids, so I know how to use my imagination."

Q: How many hours a week do you work?

A: "I work about 20 hours a week with friends who come in and help me with the store."

Q: If you could take a week away, what would you do?

A: "Go to Italy with the whole family, enjoy great food and wine, and relax in the countryside."

Q: How are you handling the economy?

A: "Just like everyone else: one day at a time."

Q: What's something unique about your business?

A: "It changes every week with new and wonderful things and products."