Sis­ter’s Closet named Busi­ness of the Year

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING INNOVATION - By Lance Wil­son

My Sis­ter’s Closet in Span­ish Fork has been named the re­cip­i­ent of the 2017 Busi­ness of the Year Award by the Span­ish Fork Salem Area Cham­ber of Com­merce.

In 2010, Aaron and Sarah Stern rolled into town as new move in’s from Cal­i­for­nia. They ar­rived late in the night and found that they were locked out of their new house and spent the night in their car wait­ing till the next day to get into their new place. They then quickly went to work putting to­gether a strat­egy to du­pli­cate a busi­ness model Sarah had de­vel­oped in Cal­i­for­nia by sell­ing cloth­ing in a bou­tique-style set­ting here in Span­ish Fork. They were suc­cess­ful in pur­chas­ing a small store­front lo­ca­tion on Main Street. From there, they had the be­gin­nings of what has since grown into a dy­namic desti­na­tion for shop­pers not just Utah County but through­out the coun­try.

To­day, My Sis­ter’s Closet serves the lo­cal com­mu­nity with its Main Street store, which has since moved a few build­ings away from its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion, while also serv­ing cus­tomers through­out the United in our his­toric Main Street area State and Canada through its on­line store. of town. Aaron’s in­put and con­tri­bu­tions Aaron and Sarah have in­volved them­selves have been a valu­able re­source for this with sev­eral lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions to group as it helped bring the movies in the help serve the com­mu­nity and pro­mote park and food truck rally events to Span­ish com­merce through­out the city. Fork as well as help­ing to launch the

Aaron is cur­rently serv­ing as a board DT on Main web­site. Aaron has been a mem­ber on the cham­ber board of di­rec­tors. phe­nom­e­nal ad­di­tion to the cham­ber of One of his roles has been to help com­merce and its board of di­rec­tors; his de­velop a sub­com­mit­tee called Down­town in­volve­ment has truly been an as­set to the on Main with Aaron serv­ing as the com­mu­nity. com­mit­tee chair. This group be­gan as Not to be out­done, Sarah has also a byprod­uct of rec­om­men­da­tions made be­come part of pro­grams that help the through the 2015 CPAT project in Span­ish com­mu­nity in a very per­sonal way. Each Fork. A few Main Street mer­chants year, My Sis­ter’s Closet with Sarah’s su­per­vi­sion and prop­erty own­ers came to­gether along do­nates a sig­nif­i­cant amount of with Span­ish Fork City Eco­nomic Di­rec­tor sur­plus cloth­ing to Tabitha’s Way to help Dave An­der­son to brain­storm ideas in its fundrais­ing ef­forts. Tabitha’s Way for pro­mot­ing growth and com­merce, es­pe­cially is a food pantry lo­cated in Span­ish Fork that raises op­er­a­tional funds through re­cy­cling cloth­ing that is do­nated to it by lo­cal res­i­dents via do­na­tion bins found through­out south­ern Utah County. These cloth­ing do­na­tions go a long way to­ward fight­ing hunger for count­less fam­i­lies in Span­ish Fork and its sur­round­ing ar­eas. Sarah’s will­ing­ness to reach out and find ways to use her re­sources to help other in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions thrive is one ex­am­ple of how she as well as Aaron are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence for good.

Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 68 was hon­ored as the Span­ish Fork Salem Area Cham­ber of Com­merce’s Jan­uary Busi­ness of the Month.

Sarah and Aaron Stern

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