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Tabitha's Closet

Meet Monica Switzer, owner of Tabitha’s Closet in Kipling, SK.

Walking in to Tabitha’s Closet for the first time, I was struck by the friendly smiles and the warm and cheery atmosphere. I was immediately drawn to the racks and racks of beautiful clothing and accessories, both new and gently used. In the middle of the store there was a large comfy couch and arm chairs where customers could take a break and enjoy some tea, as well as a space for young children to play while their parents shop. They have truly succeeded in making the store both welcoming and family friendly. After taking a few photos of the boutique, Monica and I sat down for a chat to learn more about her business and how she got started.

Monica and her husband Andrew Switzer, a pastor at Kipling’s Peoples Church co-own the boutique. What started off as a “pop-up thrift shop” that they set up on two separate occasions in response to a community need for gently used clothing, blossomed into a thriving boutique located right on Main Street in Kipling, Sk.

Monica recounts fondly, the memory of watching people fill bags and leave in tears as they thanked them for setting up the sales and how much it meant to their families to find affordable, quality clothing so close to home.  Seeing the reaction and feeling that they could make a difference in their community on a permanent level, they decided to take the leap and open their own clothing store.  In spring 2017, Monica entered the Kipling’s Big Idea Event, sponsored by The Kipling Entrepreneurs Group and Plainsview Credit Union. A Dragon’s Den style pitch contest where local businesses looking to expand or community members with the “Next Big Idea” could share their ideas with the community and present to judges for the opportunity to win seed money. Monica pitched her idea and won! She also met the judges from Square One and the Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan who were able to provide her with advice and a one-year membership as part of her first-place finish.

Everything seemed to happen very quickly after that. From securing their business loan with Plainsview to renovating through the summer to hosting their Grand Opening on September 30th.

To add to their excitement, the clothing has come pouring in, literally more donations than they can handle (but that they are very happy to accept)! Whether the items end up in store or are donated to other local charities like Community Living, you know your gently used clothing is going to a great place. The store runs on donations of second hand items and they give a percentage of the sale back to you in points toward in-store credit. So besides the good feelings that come with donating, you can also collect points for in-store purchases for something new or new-to-you!

Monica expressed that the community of Kipling has been full supportive of their new venture saying that;

“Everyone in Kipling wants you to succeed, other businesses, the residents, they donate their clothing and items and you just know that everyone here supports you and has your back. We treat everyone equally when they shop with us whether they have a small or big budget, we want them to have the same wonderful experience, a dignified shopping experience.”

And Plainsview Credit Union has been an important part of this journey for Monica;

“From their sponsorship of Kipling’s Big Idea, which opened the door for me and connected me with other people who could help me, Plainsview has been there all along. From last minute things to moments of crisis, or just helping to figure out some of the finance things, Plainsivew has been that extra support and a big part of the Tabitha’s Closet team.”

To find out more information about Tabitha’s Closet please visit their Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/tabithasclosetSK/

Or Meet Monica and her team and shop in person at 601 Main Street, Kipling, SK.

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