OCONTO – Just a couple of months after opening a women’s clothing boutique in Oconto, Magan Holz was previously eyeing a next spot in Oconto Falls.
Before long, although, she will have three Olive + Birch stores.
The Lakewood website – which at first is open only Saturdays and Sundays – is found involving Sweet Reminiscences Sweet Shoppe and Subway in the previous Trillium Boutique making at 15351 Condition 32. A gentle opening is planned for Memorial Day weekend, with a grand opening in June.
The 2nd place in Oconto Falls, at a site still to be introduced, is scheduled to open up this summer months.
“I’m surely happy to be portion of Oconto, and I search forward to looking at what Oconto Falls and Lakewood have to give and what I can present them,” Holz claimed. “The new boutiques will have the similar design of clothes as Oconto, but all a few spots will have a various selection.”
Holz is the go-to style specialist amongst her group of close friends. An off-hand remark from one — “Why not open a boutique?” — planted the seed that became Olive + Birch.
She very first started with a internet site, olivebirchboutique.com, which went are living last November, in hopes it would lead to a retail outlet.
That arrived a lot quicker than she predicted. Samantha Boucher of Oconto County Financial Enhancement Corp. assisted her obtain a $10,000 grant from the Most important Street BounceBack Program, opening the Oconto keep on Jan. 15,
Holz took about the space that housed Be-You-Tiful Boutique, which had been open about 3½ years when it was shut soon after the pandemic started. It only reopened for exclusive occasions and weekends in the course of the holiday getaway time.
Customer response has been favorable at the Oconto boutique, found across from Associated Bank at 1102 Major St.
“It’s been amazing,” Holz claimed. “I get a great deal of people today who come in and say they appreciate the model. They are pleased they have someplace local to shop.”
In April, Holz was close to offer that would make it possible for her to open a next keep in Oconto Falls. But that fell by way of.
In a subsequent conversation, Boucher requested Holz if she would contemplate Lakewood in its place.
“I talked over this with my girlfriend, Jen (Clements), and we made the decision to go for it,” Holz explained.
To assistance finance the enlargement, Holz secured a $10,000 microloan through OCEDC, which was utilised to obtain inventory and to make a down payment on the Lakewood creating.
“The microloan will assist me get a excellent begin there, mainly because I could obtain the Lakewood property with out pulling dollars out of the recent boutique,” she explained.
But then Holz experienced another big decision to make — no matter whether to retain her separate entire-time work.
Due to the fact relocating to Oconto last August to be closer to Clements and her son’s father, Holz experienced ongoing to travel each individual week to southern Wisconsin, where she was used in income, advertising and marketing and system administration at a production organization
The Janesville native is in the business office Monday and Tuesday every single week, whilst working remotely Wednesday via Friday.
“With the order and owning the two places (in Oconto and Lakewood), I made a decision it was time to take the plunge and transform in my notice to my comprehensive-time job so that I could really target on the boutiques,” she explained.
Then matters took a different convert.
Just just one working day just after meeting with her manager, Holz uncovered that the unique website for the Oconto Falls retail store was once again readily available.
“Jen and I resolved, ‘let’s go significant,’ and we are getting that spot on as very well,” she reported. “Oconto Falls is set to open up in July, and I just cannot wait!”
Olive + Birch Boutique carries everyday and dressy women’s apparel in sizes little to 2X, with a small collection of models up to 4X. Picks involve tops, pants, and attire, as well as jewellery, hats, and other accessories. The shop is open up from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday by means of Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The shop also carries Inspire, the athletic clothes line designed by Clements, operator of Inspire Fitness, a 24-hour health club in Oconto.
OCEDC has designed 21 very low-interest micro business enterprise financial loans more than the because late 2016, including 4 very last yr and four so considerably this yr. They are out there to little business homeowners who want to grow their firms, buy machines, or want added operating money for other expenses.
To qualify, firms will have to have yearly sales less than $1 million and fewer than 25 staff members. Other things may well also be regarded. Microloans are obtainable at an fascination price as low as 3% for up to five years. Financial loans selection from $1,000 to $10,000.
To date, 40 enterprises in Oconto County have received Bounceback grants, with yet another 14 in the pipeline but not however approved, Boucher explained. The application deadline for Bounceback grants, which can be made use of to support new and current organizations open up a new locale or extend functions, was recently prolonged to Dec. 31.
To use for a micro business enterprise loan or Primary Avenue Bounceback grant, check out ocontocounty.org or contact the OCEDC place of work at 1113 Key St., Oconto phone 920-834-6969 or electronic mail [email protected]ocontocounty.org.
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