Carter changes hats from employee to employer at builders’ supply
SHANKSVILLE — Lacey Carter always saw herself owning her own business.
She thought that perhaps she would own a retail store or possibly a restaurant. But now the single mom of two owns Stonycreek Builders’ Supply. She purchased the business from Karl Glessner in February.
“I started working here in 2007,” she said. “When Karl was ready for retirement we thought it would be a good transition for me to buy this business.”
Carter said so far the transition is going well.
“I come from a long line of self-employed people,” she said. “My brothers both work for themselves. My dad worked for himself. My grandparents have owned their own businesses.”
Despite buying the business she said everything else has stayed the same. She said that she had been working with Glessner to run the business for the past several years. She said she most enjoys helping customers find what they need.
“Our contractors and our locals enjoy coming into a small hardware store,” she said. “We know who they are and we know their name. We know the project they are working on and we can really help them get everything they need for this job.”
Carter said she was not thinking about owning the business when she started.
“It was just a job close to home,” she said. “For me it worked out well that way.”
While she wants to keep the store’s traditional hardware store feel, she is working on a website and other changes. One thing that has stayed the same, Glessner is still there. Just that now he is an employee.
“I just make a payment now instead of collecting a paycheck,” she quipped.
Glessner and another part-time employee work at the store.
“She was a quick study,” he said. “She really caught on to the hardware in a hurry and she always made comments how she thought she was born to run a business. We worked as a team.”
Glessner said having her run the business is a dream come true.
“The store will continue, which was one of my main motivations, and we still have a great working relationship now that she is the boss and I am the employee,” he said. “I enjoy working here. Life is good. Lacey is a big part of the reason life is good for me.”
Glessner said that he believes the expectation for customer service is what has helped the business thrive in a time where many small businesses are failing to big chain stores.
“Our reputation has grown and the business keeps gradually growing,” he said.
Carter said she appreciates Glessner’s help because it still allows her to spend time with her family. Her son Jack, 9, plays football and baseball. Her daughter Emma, 15, plays soccer. Jack said he enjoys helping his mom with customers.
She is also involved with her church, Unity UCC, and helps with baseball and the community picnic. She said being a single mom she relies on help from her family and friends.
“You have to have lots of help,” she said. “I very much appreciate all the help my church family, my actual family and all my friends that help me out give. I couldn’t do it without that.”