~ Originally published in the Journal of Business on Jan. 19, 2012 ~
Business partners Jessica Breeze and Shauna Kennedy-Carr have opened Those Girls, a shabby-chic boutique, on the second floor of the All Lines Insurance building at 616 E. Third.
The women began working together last May and officially launched the business in its 1,200 square feet of leased space in October. Breeze and Kennedy-Carr, the company’s only employees, specialize in refinishing furniture and selling homemade items, including picture frames, paper flowers, jellies, pickles, jewelry, and magnets.
Some of the company’s business comes from customers bringing pieces of old furniture to the shop to be recycled and “up-cycled,” or made better, Breeze says. They get other inventory from yard sales and thrift stores, she says.
Breeze and Kennedy-Carr have been involved in crafting and furniture refinishing as hobbies for a number of years, Breeze says.
In addition to managing Those Girls, Breeze also works as a server at Clinkerdagger Restaurant. Kennedy-Carr previously worked with her husband, Scott, at his computer business.