Name of owners: Caley Funk
Name of business: Funkie Fashions
Describe what you do/sell/serve:
We offer a unique, high quality style not found in the cookie cutter mall stores. We sell casual, maxi, evening dresses, tops, tunics, jackets, jeans, shorts, swimwear, boots, sandals, flats, wedges, sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves, dress pants, Spanx, sunglasses and much more.
When did you open your business?
We first opened in 2012 in the Chicagoland area.
What sets you apart from similar businesses?
We hand pick our styles from around the country from a variety of designers to offer our clients the most truly unique and quality styles for an affordable price. When you visit our quaint little shop you will be given the utmost attention by one of our qualified stylist.
What qualifications or characteristics do you have to operate this type of business?
The characteristics we implore at Funkie Fashions are derivative of drive and passion for beauty and style. We frequently attend all the local and national style trade shows and collaborate with the top designers to bring our customers the latest trends in the fashion world.
Why did you decide to open your business in the town you chose?
The people are very friendly and warm.
Why did you pick this specific location/storefront?
It's convenient for the local area residents with all the nearby stores.
What obstacles did you find when you started?
There are many obstacles in opening a new store. The main one we believe to be is marketing what you have to offer. It takes time to build a brand in a new area.
If you could offer local officials one piece of advice to make their town more attractive to entrepreneurs, what would it be?
Be business friendly! It's the local businesses that keep the community together as they are the ones that provide the services that the the big box stores can not.
What mistakes did you make?
Oh, where do I start. I think all business owners make mistakes along the way. It's not what mistakes you've made, but how you correct them is what counts.
What did you do right?
Came in with the attitude of being customer friendly and orientated. Without a happy and satisfied customer, you will surely fail quickly.
What advice would you give to someone else looking to open a business in this town?
Do your research on the needs and wants of the community.
Please provide your business hours, address, phone number and website:
9656 W. 131st St. (next to the Jewel)
Palos Park, Ill.
We are open Mon-Fri from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
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