Business Name: Hut no. 8
Location: Conway Towne Center, 201 Skyline Drive, Suite 33, Conway
Web site: www.hutno8.com
Date opened: Dec. 18, 2010
Number of employees: 3
What type of business is it? High-end resale clothing store carrying brand-name clothing for guys and girls such as Hollister, Abercrombie, American Eagle, Aeropostale, and much more!
What specifically does your business do? We buy and sell gently worn popular mall brand clothing, shoes and accessories offering it to our customers at 70% OFF mall prices.
Owner OR Manager Name: Lisa Johnson and Ed Beard, Owners; Brooklyn Stinson, Manager
Why did you decide to open this business? This has been a dream of Lisa Johnson for several years. "As a mother of two boys and one girl, I have experienced the high cost of buying POPULAR, designer brands that all the kids are wearing at school. I also realized that my children had LOTS of clothing with tags still hanging on them. The idea of being able to SELL these clothes for CASH and then turn around and BUY more for a third of the price is a concept I truly believe in!"
What is the best part about owning/operating this business? Seeing the smile on a teen’s face as he or she walks up to the counter SO EXCITED about saving money on their favorite brands and then spreading the word to all their friends.
What has been the biggest surprise that has happened since opening this business? The immediate and remarkable response we’ve gotten from our customers with little advertising and promotions.
What is the best piece of advice you received before going into this business? Always strive to offer quality merchandise and excellent customer service. The best advice ever received… "Your customer will forget what you said, your customer will forget what you did, but your customer will never forget how you made them feel."
What makes your business unique to Conway and Faulkner County? We buy and sell the latest looks with the hottest names. We are a RESALE store, not a consignment store, allowing us to pay CASH on the spot for gently used clothing, shoes and accessories.