Searching to extend her organization, Leesa Blackwood reopened her children’s clothes keep this month inside of the Kalispell Center Mall.
Helen Dean is a children’s consignment boutique that offers gently employed children’s clothing and toys. Blackwood very first opened the store as Giggles Consignment and Kids’ Shop in Columbia Falls two a long time ago but has now manufactured the transfer to Kalispell looking for a larger sized space and a person with more foot site visitors.
“More people occur to Kalispell to shop so we begun searching for areas listed here,” she said. “The new keep gives us much more area. We had fewer than 1,000 square feet prior to then and now we have 3,000 square feet so that’s a significant boost. We’re ready to carry a lot more product or service.”
In first opening the company, Blackwood was hunting to fill a niche she observed in featuring children’s garments in a retail setting. She says there are many thrift merchants and large-stop retailers featuring children’s garments but she wished to provide something in the middle vary.
Blackwood owns Giggles Playcare, a drop-in daycare center in Columbia Falls, the place the clothes retail store initially opened. In producing the move to Kalispell, she up to date the title of the retail shop in an exertion to differentiate involving the two enterprises.
The title Helen Dean has a relatives connection. Dean is for Blackwood’s son and Helen was her grandmother’s title.
“My son required his identify involved,” she explained. “And my grandma was really specific to me.”
Helen Dean focuses on increased-close carefully utilised children’s apparel. Blackwood selects makes that are not sold in shops in the Flathead Valley in an hard work to supply more variety to her buyers and differentiate the keep from what is previously readily available here.
“Our aim is to concentrate on bringing in products and solutions that you cannot invest in locally,” she stated. “We look to select up brand names that people today have procured out of town or online. It also has to be in just about like-new issue.”
Measurements vary from preemie to youth additional-large. The more substantial space in the new spot has allowed the store to develop the range of much larger sizes carried and it has also authorized the retail outlet to include maternity clothes to the blend.
Combined in with the carefully utilised attire are other youngsters-connected products like guides, toys and diaper bags. There’s also a collection of new things like hats and sunglasses, but all those are also picked in trying to keep with remaining spending plan-conscious.
“People normally feel when they arrive into a consignment retail store they’ll have to weed via 30 merchandise to locate just one great product, but listed here every thing is fantastic and it is properly organized,” Blackwood said. “We’re a consignment boutique — when people appear by the door they are usually pleasantly amazed by what they obtain simply because we have a distinct vibe.”
For consignors, the profits are split 50% concerning the consignor and 50% among the keep. Payments are issued regular monthly to consignors, and Blackwood helps make an effort to hold all identical merchandise in the shop priced likewise.
Helen Dean is found inside of Kalispell Heart Mall at 20 N. Major St. The retail store is open up Tuesday via Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, 406-300-1342.
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