Fas­ci­na­tion with fashion

Cloth­ing store owner hopes for growth in new Kingston lo­ca­tion

Annapolis Valley Register - - COMMUNITY - BY ASH­LEY THOMP­SON KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA Ash­ley.thomp­son@kingscountynews.ca

Terri Hu­lan’s child­hood fas­ci­na­tion with fashion has evolved into a small busi­ness ven­ture.

“Fashion is some­thing I fell in love with as a kid play­ing dres­sup, like most lit­tle girls,” she said in a re­cent e-mail to Kings County News.

“As a mil­i­tary wife, we would be posted from one place to an­other but fashion is some­thing I could (share) with new friends.”

The Kingston res­i­dent first opened a smaller ver­sion her store, Terri’s Ca­sual Wear, in Mid­dle­ton in Au­gust 2014. In June, she opted to move the busi­ness to 527 Main St. in Kingston in hopes of in­creas­ing sales and cre­at­ing more op­por­tu­ni­ties for growth.

“Kingston be­ing very small, [it] doesn’t have many small lo­cal re­tail busi­nesses and, as I was al­ready fa­mil­iar with cloth­ing, I could fill a need,” she said, not­ing she’s been pleased with the re­sponse from the pub­lic so far.

She car­ries a num­ber of Cana­dian prod­uct lines, in­clud­ing Lois, Becxy B, Black Bull, Modes Gi­tane and Ar­tex, as well as the ever-pop­u­lar Rock and Roll Cow­girl jeans.

When stock­ing my shelves I look for style, fit and (if I think) my cus­tomers love it, while also try­ing to get great deals, so I can pass the deals on,” she said, list­ing men’s cloth­ing, women’s reg­u­lar and plus sizes as her main fo­cus at this time.

Hu­lan wants to see the busi­ness evolve into an op­er­a­tion with mul­ti­ple em­ploy­ees on the

pay­roll. Her pre­vi­ous work in fashion has in­cluded var­i­ous man­age­ment roles at Reit­man’s and Mark’s Work Wear­house stores, and she’s happy to have an op­por­tu­nity to now build some­thing that is en­tirely her own.

“I love to be able to in­cor­po­rate my own ideas and how I think things should be,” she said.

“I love get­ting to know my cus­tomers and help­ing them come up with their own unique style, or just adding a small piece to their cur­rent style.”

Hu­lan wants to see Terri’s Ca­sual Wear be­come a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion within the Vil­lage of Kingston.

“I planted roots here, so I want to grow suc­cess­fully and be a per­ma­nent part of the com­mu­nity.”

ASH­LEY THOMP­SON

Terri Hu­lan opened Terri’s Ca­sual Wear cloth­ing store on Main Street in Kingston in June.

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