The late Karen Foltz of Pomodoro and Pomodoro Too (PT) had a secret weapon. It was her husband Neal, who is now actively managing their two businesses in the village of Skaneateles. He actually worked behind the scene with Karen on the financial and administrative aspects of the businesses; and although he wasn't actively a buyer, he traveled to all the gift and stationary shows with Karen.
Setting up shop
The store's originator, Betty Congel Johnson took some creative license with the French word pom d'oro- apple of gold. That is why all their bags, business cards and signs have an apple on them.
The Foltzs relocated to Central New York, when Neal, an electrical engineer, took a job with Welch Allyn. Before this he had worked for Control Data and Northern Telecom in the twin cities area.
Before the Foltzs purchased Pomodoro from Betty, Karen had been in sales and a rep for gift items. Having her own store was a dream realized Neal said. She was able to be a shop girl, but with the strength of many years as a business woman in the gift industry to back her up. Skaneateles' downtown retail community benefitted from her past experience and her passion for her work.
"It was a mutual decision to open Pomodoro Too," Neal said.
When Neal retired, the couple decided to open Pomodoro Too, as Karen had always wanted to do stationary, but didn't have room at Pomodoro; Plus, as Neal said, "It would keep me off the streets!"
With Karen's untimely death this past summer, Neal has kept their dream alive with help of a great staff: Mary Stevens with more than 15 years at Pomodoro, Meara Sabin (Pomodoro and PT), Carol Shannon (Pomodoro) and Debbe Spearing (Pomodoro).
New members of the team include Debi Severance now behind the counter at (PT). She made the move to PT from Pomodoro to replace Melissa Scala. Scala was at PT for the last several years and was instrumental in the running of it through Karen's death until she recently took a new job. She continues to support and train the new staff.