While most of his contemporaries were concentrating on college graduation or finding a job, 22-year-old Gavin, along with his partner Jeremy, decided to open a men's vintage clothing shop. Hello Boys, located in Nashville, is a "sister" store to Goodbuy Girls, which is owned and operated by close friends of Gavin and Jeremy.
A determined and self-motivated person, Gavin had the idea to open a consignment shop, found an available place, purchased inventory, redecorated what used to be an office, established a website and opened his store , all within two months. He designed the boutiquestyle store to have shadow boxes that showcase merchandise and allow customers to see the fashionable and complete outfits.
After acquiring a loan from Accion in the Delta, Gavin paid for shelving, the store's first month's rent and deposit and other supplies. He credits the loan for allowing the doors of Hello Boys to open on August 10. After his first weekend of business, they had to temporarily close the shop because they sold out of the majority of their inventory and needed time to replenish. But doors are open again! (And word is spreading rapidly about the exciting new venture. Gavin reports that legendary musician Elvis Costello and his family recently paid a visit to the shop.)
Hello Boys also helps sustain jobs. Gavin hired a local artist to help design the store's layout, make the color choices and paint the space. He also contributes to the success of others by selling shirts created by local entrepreneurs.
For more info about the company, visit www.facebook.com/helloboysnashville. A new website will be coming soon: www.helloboysnashville.com.
LiftFund. (www.liftfund.com) is an award-winning nonprofit organization (previously known as Accion Texas) with a mission to provide credit and loans to small and start-up businesses that have limited or no access to credit from commercial sources. Established in 1994 in San Antonio, LiftFund has helped Texas and Louisiana entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, stabilize and increase their incomes, create employment, and contribute to the economic revitalization of their communities. Learn more at www.liftfund.com.