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Brooklyn is full of indie boutiques run by couples—mom-and-pop shops where Mom used to work for Barneys and Pop has a degree from the Institute of Culinary Education. It sounds like a pretty dreamy existence, but several couples interviewed by the Times said that it's actually a lot of work. "Merchandising is probably where it gets the hardest because it's more sensitive," says Gillette Wing of Atlantic Avenue antique shop Holler & Squall. After all, it's hard to tell your spouse you don't like their taste. [NYT]