Running LibertyTown is liberating, owners say
Owning a business has been both liberating and all-consuming, say Kenneth and Dolores “D.D.” Lecky.
The Leckys bought LibertyTown Arts Workshop in downtown Fredericksburg on Sept. 23. Over the past few months their lives have gotten increasingly busy as they balance business ownership with full-time jobs.
Kenneth Lecky is a software engineer and director of operations at Northern Virginia-based IT firm Expression Networks, and D.D. Lecky is director of property management for Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer in the Fredericksburg area.
They now work a full day at their regular jobs and then head over to LibertyTown for a few hours each night. They’re at home only for about an hour before going to bed, and even during that time they’re usually talking about the business.
The Leckys compared their first few months of business ownership to running a marathon without doing much training. They had to make a lot of decisions quickly and put in their share of elbow grease.
“I thought I was busy before, but I had no idea,” D.D. Lecky said.
The couple said it can sometimes be hard to stop thinking about the business, so they’re trying to set boundaries to prevent overload and burnout. They try to reserve Sundays for themselves, and make an effort to take part in activities that they enjoy.
The Leckys said they spend a lot of time thinking about their employees and trying to run the business in a way that doesn’t negatively impact anyone.
Still, the Leckys aren’t complaining. They said owning a business has been “liberating,” as they don’t have to ask anyone for permission to implement changes they believe in. LibertyTown has been adding art classes and staying open later, and they plan to add special events at the 12,700-square-foot building at 914-916 Liberty St.
A few months in, the Leckys are happy they decided to become business owners. They just wish there were more hours in the day.
“It’s been hectic but a lot of fun,” D.D. Lecky said.
Bill Freehling: 540/374-5405