Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SBDC advising helps boutique owner add retail store for tourist products

This is a great story out of Sequim. One of my colleagues helped a client start a second, unique business operation. The onwer had a women's boutique and frequently had requests for tourist souvenirs and local products. There wasn't one in town, so she took the initiative and started Forage Gifts and Northwest Treasures.
Store front, Sequim, WA
SEQUIM, Wash. – Theresa Rubens is a third-generation resident of Sequim whose grandchildren attend the same schools she and her husband once did. She knows as much about her community as anyone, but she didn’t know where a visitor could buy a Sequim souvenir. And that, she said, was a problem.
When a 1,000-square-foot retail space became available in the main downtown core, just two doors down from her women’s boutique and retreat, Solar City, she knew the time was right to create a shop for Sequim-branded souvenirs and gifts, Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures (

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By Hope Belli Tinney