I've always wanted to own a little shop, which is probably why I enjoy doing these Retail Therapy features so much. I think they're perfect for aspiring shop owners like myself, designers & artists interested in wholesaling and of course everyone else just looking for a great new shop. Makool Loves You is an online shop owned by wife & husband team Anisa (creator of Makool, the clothing line) and Graeme, the shop carries Makool as well as a few handpicked items handmade by some of their favorite designers. I'm sure most of you are familiar with with the brand but here's a closer look at what it's like to run a shop...
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Good through the 5th of April. (Always free shipping! I know, dangerous!)
Owners: Anisa Makhoul & Graeme Nelson
# of employees: owners + sewing is contracted out to local sewers
# of hours in a work/week? Between 47 and 60
Did you write a business plan? "Yes, very important. It's not fun, but I would recommend writing it out, at least a little one for anyone starting a new business."
Opening day: April 15th, 2007
>> Think you're ready to run an online shop?
1. Name one thing that completely took you by surprise when you first started the online shop.
The amount of sales, from day one, honestly we didn't think we'd be so successful. We had no good way of keeping track of all the special messages, and I try really hard to make each experience personal, I couldn't sleep at night I was so disorganized.
2. When and why did you start adding different lines to the shop?
It's always been my plan. We started as soon as we had extra cash flow to put towards it. I would like to carry more, does anyone know of any hidden gems?
Good through the 5th of April.
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