Angela Farnsworth describes it as “coming home.” Her new consignment shop, Angela’s Boutique, is located in the exact same spot she operated a bookstore in the Godwin Mall 13 years ago.
Farnsworth’s entrepreneurial spirit has led to several small businesses, including a coffee shop she opened with a friend in 2005.
“I moved back to Nova Scotia for a while, and the economy out there was doing badly,” she said. “I really missed the customer service aspect of having a small business, and I missed being with the public.”
In April, she decided she needed to create a job that would keep her busy, but not to the point where she was working 60-hour weeks. She finally settled on starting her own consignment shop.
“It works really well because you can get name brands at a fraction of the cost,” she said. “It’s a place where people can come and replenish their wardrobe, or bring stuff in and get some money back for it.”
Farnsworth experimented with the idea before the summer, when she leased some floor space at The Woodshed Gift and Garden Centre.
Within a few weeks she was up and running, and received a tremendous amount of support from Hay Riverites.
Although her business was doing well financially, the thought of being downtown was always at the back of her mind. She took the summer off and thought about the best place to locate her business.
“I spoke to Bernard Langille (owner of Godwin Mall) and made a deal with him for a neat little space there,” she said. “I didn’t want a huge floor space, so this is perfect. I haven’t had to put a huge investment into the store. Bernie put a wall up so that if I ever want to expand, it’s just a matter of moving the wall.”
Farnsworth said this is just the first step for her. She plans on getting into higher-end fragrances and handbags in the future.
“There’s no reason why we can’t try it and see how it goes,” she said. “I want to stick to the higher-end clothing for now, to pay for my overhead and such.”
Customers from Yellowknife, Fort Resolution and Fort Smith have already expressed interest in her business.
Farnsworth is happy to be able to serve Hay River and surrounding communities. “As long as people are benefiting, cleaning out their closets and making a bit of money, right?”