Greg and Kim Scully opened their store, Magpie Clothing Exchange, after months of research and work with the Alaska Small Business Development Center in Wasilla. The Scullys met with Julie Nolen for the first time in early 2013 to discuss the type of business they were looking to open and the benefits of opening their own shop versus buying in to a franchise. Nolen assisted the Scullys with their financial projections, worked with them on their business plan and provided them with market research to help them make their decision to launch their own unique shop. Nolen also assisted the Scullys in applying for a business loan to help them with the start-up costs.
“The general knowledge and wealth of resources of the SBDC combined with our regularly scheduled meetings with Julie really helped to keep us on track throughout the entire process. We plan to continue using the SBDC as our business grows” said Kim Scully.
Magpie Clothing Exchange is a unique store that focuses on providing customers with the best selection of top quality used clothing along with new clothing from eco-friendly, conscious minded suppliers. It was important to the Scullys that they launch their store in an green, sustainable way. With this in mind, the Scullys hand-made many of their own clothing fixtures and decorated their store using recycled or repurposed materials whenever possible. Now that they are up and running, the Scullys continue their commitment to sustainability by using homemade non-toxic cleaning supplies, recycled shopping bags and by buying from local suppliers whenever possible.
Magpie Clothing Exchange is located at 1901 North Hemmer Road Ste 108 in Palmer, AK. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10am-7pm and you can also shop online at their website http://magpieclothingexchange.com.