Consignment shop gets more room, new nameIn making nearly every decision relating to her business, Deb Fanslow said she is guided by God.
By: Sarah Gorvin, The Republican Eagle
In making nearly every decision relating to her business, Deb Fanslow said she is guided by God.
Four years ago, when former Clothes Horse owner Lori Birk decided to sell her business, she encouraged Fanslow to buy it from her. Fanslow said before that moment, she never planned on or really wanted to be a business owner.
“(But) God said, ‘Buy it,’” she said. “It’s something I usually don’t do. I’m not impulsive; I’m not a business woman.”
This past year, Fanslow said she used the same reasoning when deciding to add on to and rename the store, located at 313 Bush St.
“God said, ‘It’s time to expand,’” she said.
Now, the consignment store, which specializes in selling high-end women’s clothing, has doubled in size.
Fanslow said she was approached earlier this year by landlord Neil Siewert, who suggested knocking down the wall between the consignment shop and the neighboring space to create one large storefront.
The neighboring space previously held a consignment furniture store and a savings and loan business.
“The space sat empty for seven or eight months,” Fanslow said.
Fanslow said she wasn’t immediately sure she wanted to pay the higher rent that would come with the larger space. But now, she said she’s glad she took Siewert up on his offer.
“We needed the room,” Fanslow said. “It was getting pretty tight.”
The store is able to house more inventory than before. Fanslow said she’ll add things like yoga clothing, swimsuits and vintage clothes.
“Before I didn’t have room for that,” she said.
To complete the renovation, Fanslow’s store closed for two days in August. In addition to tearing down the wall, crews also built two new changing rooms, which doubled the number the store previously had.
To go along with the interior changes, Fanslow also decided to change the name of the store, adding that the name Clothes Horse was starting to sound dated. Because of her faith and the fact that the store sells secondhand clothing, Fanslow decided on Twice Blessed.
“I wanted to be a Christian-sounding store,” she said. “God directs my life. I wanted people to know we’re blessed here.”
The name change meant that the old purple awning over the shop’s entrance also had to change. Fanslow replaced it with a white awning printed with the shop’s new name.
“It makes the outside look so much better,” she said.
Despite the changes to the store’s space, Fanslow said there are a few things that won’t change. The quality of the clothing that she sells is one of them.
“I’m pretty fussy,” Fanslow said. “We make sure everything is perfect when it’s on the floor.”
In addition, Fanslow said the three women who she employs will stay.
“The women who work here are really what make the shop,” she said. “They’re fun. They’re professional.”
Since the shop’s remodel, Fanslow added that sales have increased and there have been more people in the store.
“They’re buying more, I suppose because there is more,” Fanslow said. “I’m happy with it. I’ve been very blessed.”
What: Twice Blessed
Where: 313 Bush St.
Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
More information: 651-267-2432