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Byline: Alice Coale
Mar. 8--OPENING THOUGHT: "Even the Hula-Hoop needed marketing." -- Susan Stratton.
SHOP TALK: Susan Stratton was born to sell. "I always sold the most magazines or Girl Scout cookies. I love retail; I love to sell things," Stratton said, but most of all, "I love to sell ideas."
As a schoolteacher, Stratton's marketing skills came in handy. "When you're teaching, you're selling ideas."
As a downtown retailer, Stratton sold other businesses on the idea of working together. "We were all these little entrepreneurial spirits," said Stratton, former owner of Care Packages. "I was a little feisty. I can remember walking up the …