Chris Kodama had been a secretary for 25 years when the arrival of a new granddaughter led her to drive to Boise with her husband from their Ontario, OR, home to look for baby clothes. They found a nice resale clothing store in Idaho. “When my husband saw the store,” Chris recalls, “he asked, ‘why aren’t we doing that?’” Why not, indeed? In September of 2000, Chris quit her secretarial job and launched her new life as an entrepreneur.
Care-O-Sell, Kodama’s store, is a “first-class children’s and maternity resale store.” “I had been in stores like this before,” Chris says, “but I knew I could do it better.” And, Chris says, the move meant something important: “No more memos!” Care-O-Sell carries anything related to children including clothing, toys and equipment. Running a children’s clothing store is anything but child’s play. Chris devoured magazines and books about the retail clothing business and set about creating a business plan that would work for her... Read More