To celebrate Small Business Week, we sat down with Sorelle's owner, Sandra Pelletier. In our quick chat, we asked her three questions about her background, her take on the industry, and why the arts are so important.Why did you open an art gallery?
I was always interested in art, so I pursued it through undergraduate and graduate school. Whenever I was creating something, I had this wonderful dual sense of calmness and challenges to overcome simultaneously. I was also good at business and ended up in various high level positions in private industry after college. Finally, I decided to combine the two. I saw a need for an art gallery that could offer great artwork, and also provide the best in client service - hence the interactive website, customized art advisory service, etc. I want clients to really love the work they purchase, and I wanted to help them through the entire process - start to finish.
What’s been the best part about owning your own business?
Seeing it grow and change with each year. Art and technology are the two key components at Sorelle, so we are always on the lookout for new artists, and advanced software and updates. And, I've loved watching a great team come together.
Why should customers "shop small" for art?
They should - but not just for art. Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. It is estimated that small businesses create at least 80% of jobs in the US. It only makes sense that a community shop local, as that purchase ends up supporting the needs of the foundation of this country’s economic force. And besides, it’s a lot of fun to shop in our gallery! Our motto is that we work hard but always have fun!