Business Profile: Cori Hondolero

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2001

Title and firm: Cori Hondolero is the owner of Capital Imports.

Services: The downtown shop, which opened in late August, carries a variety of imported home decor items, primarily from Indonesia.

Hondolero said her aim is to keep prices down and keep the merchandise funky.

Much of the merchandise has an oriental bent and varies from jewelry to gigantic pulley-operated butterflies to hang from a ceiling.

The store also carries candles, incense, sweaters and hand-carved statues, she said.

But Hondolero said if at first customers don't find what they are looking for, they should just come back in a few days and the wares will be different.

"We're trying a lot of different merchandise to see what sells and what people want," she said. "The shipment dates vary but we try to keep a different stock all the time."

Hondolero wants to cater primarily to locals.

"This is a shop for locals run by locals," she said. "You won't find anything that says 'Alaska' in here."

Quotable: "Tourists coming off the cruise ships didn't come from Texas to buy this kind of stuff," Hondolero said. "Our whole point and purpose of being here is for the locals."

Background: Hondolero said she thought it would be fun to have her own shop but said her decision was spur-of-the-moment. She said her business associate and friend Kevin Enloe was the driving force in opening and operating the store.

"I'm much more passive and cautious whereas he's like, 'come on, let's do this,' " she said. "So without that support and encouragement we probably wouldn't have a store."

Hondolero has an associate of arts degree and is working on a business management degree and an accounting degree.

Family: Hondolero said she has lived here all her life and has a big extended family in Juneau. She lives with her son Brandon, age 1.

Contact information: Capital Imports is at 211 Front St., Suite 202. For more information call 586-2338.

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