Small Business Friends

As a small business owner I always LOVE meeting and connecting with other small business owners and talking shop—It’s even 10x better when you have a personal friend that is a small business owner too.

Meet my Friend Carley. We’ve known each other for as long as I can remember. We’ve traveled around the world together, ran around in clown costumes together… the list goes on and on.

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We’ve even made late night trips to waffle house and Krispy Kreme.

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Our most recent adventure together was to Vienna Austria just a few weeks back. By the way, I’ll be blogging about our trip tomorrow. Vienna is was one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to!

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Carley and her Mom own Gumption Gals.  Carley told us, “Owning my own boutique has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. My mother and I decided to open Gumption Gals together in May of 2012. We went back a forth with several different names for days but when I called my mom and asked about the name “Gumption Gals” we just knew it was the one. My Grandmother – Who is my mom’s mother passed away in April of 2012 and she always used the word Gumption. Gumption means having initiative; aggressiveness; resourcefulness; courage; spunk and or guts. We knew we had to have a lot of Gumption in order to start our own business.”

With that being said I asked Carley a few questions about her business and what inspires her.

EGC: So, tell me some basics about you and your company.  Where are you from, where you went to college, what you studied, how you got started.

Gumption Gals: I graduated from AUM and double majored in Finance and Economics. We opened in May of 2012. We are an online affordable boutique that operates through Facebook. We are a great place to find stylish looks without having to break the bank.

EGC: Who would be an ideal customer? What age demographic does GG target? 

Gumption Gals: We honesty try not to cater to one main age group. We try and offer a variety of styles for all fashionistas out there no matter their age. Our youngest customer that bought a dress from us was 8 years old. Our oldest customer has been an 80 year old woman who purchased some of our flat boots last season.

EGC: What is the gumption gals price point? 

Gumption Gals: We aim to keep everything under $40.00! We post online sales every Tuesday and Thursday night at 7:31PM CST. We just launched our jewelry line this week. We will hold jewelry sales on Monday and Wednesday nights.

EGC: is there a Gumption Gals retail location in the near future?

Gumption Gals: YES, YES, YES!!! I want nothing more than to open a store front one day…. when will that time come… I have no idea. It is a long term goal that is always in the front of my mind. I spend a lot of time responding to FB messages and emails of ladies asking questions re: how things fit and items that would work best for them. I love helping people. It is so much fun to be able to suggest an item to a lady and weeks later she email us and tell us how happy she is with something she purchased from us. Being able to actually do that in person would bring me even more happiness. 

Carley also said, “There is nothing is more fun than playing dress up with your friends! I feel like every time I post a sale on Facebook I am getting to play dress up with 5000 of my closest friends.”

It’s been a joy watching Carley’s small business explode into something that was beyond her comprehension. You guys know I LOVE seeing dreams become a reality. All this Gumption Gals talk we couldn’t not showcase a couple of pieces from their most recent inventory. AND even better for you ladies, We’re giving it away!!

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Here’s the deal– Leave a comment here on the blog telling us why YOU should win. Once you’ve done that head over to Gumptions Gals Facebook page, “Like” their page and leave a post on their wall telling them Evan G. Cooper sent ya. It’s that easy!

I bet you’re thinking if you win you’ll get to take home the blouse and the necklace. Nope! We decided one lucky lady will take home the awesome Red Graphic Print Blouse and another lucky winner will take home that beautiful turquoise necklace. We’ll be drawing a winner on Tuesday of Next Week.

Happy Commenting!