How did you start your business? Or How did you get started? And why?
Before I moved to Durango, I had stores in Wilmington, N.C and Charleston, S.C. I worked for different businesses for many years, but I wanted to open a store of my own here. Looking around the city, I realized there was a need for a store featuring accessories for the home. I found a space on 8th. Street, and filled it with home décor and Chinese antique furniture.
How did you wind up in Durango?
After living on the East coast my whole life, I really wanted to move to the mountains! My husband and I took a road trip to scout some places, and we both fell in love with Durango. The snowcapped peaks, friendly people, and a good place to raise my son won us over.
When you aren't working what do you like to do?
Hike in the high country and bird watch.
What sets you apart from other stores?
The eclectic mix of merchandise, which includes jewelry from local artists, uncommon clothing lines, accessories to complement any outfit, and fun stuff. The fun stuff and gag gifts keep our customers laughing and keep the ambience from being too serious. We also strive to keep our prices attractively low. Lastly, the way the store is organized creates a space of beauty and excitement, encouraging our customers to come back time and again!
What is the secret to being a successful business in a small town?
Being willing to respond to the atmosphere and preferences of the community. For example, the merchandise has changed since the store opened fifteen years ago from a home store to a woman's boutique featuring clothing, jewelry, gifts and fun stuff.
When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
A Cowboy! I grew up watching Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and Hopalong Cassidy and just thought they were so cool!
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