A loan of $5,000 helped to hire an associate and pay the cost of operating her store on Saturdays.

Lisa's story

Lisa is the owner and founder of Beltway Vintage, a retailer of vintage clothing, accessories, and home décor from the 1950’s through 1980’s. She sells the vintage goods from an artist studio in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington D.C. Lisa got her start in the vintage retail business by way of her blog, Quarter Life, which she created in 2009 and features her writings about DC’s vintage shops and thrift stores. After spending several years covering vintage finds, she got the itch to open her own brick-and-mortar vintage space. She started with a couple of pop-up shops, and selling at various markets and online, and then in 2013, the perfect opportunity presented itself – the Brookland neighborhood was undergoing a large renovation project and allocated several spaces for artistic and cultural purposes. Lisa seized the opportunity to open her first retail space in one of the artist studios.

She requested a $5,000 loan to help her prepare for the busier spring and summer season. She plans to extend the studio hours on Saturdays to coincide with the neighborhood farmers market. Lisa will need to hire a part-time associate to assist with the increased store hours, and will need access to capital to cover the cost of the increased hours. The neighborhood is steadily gaining more foot traffic and visitors to the artist studio and the loan will help Lisa be ready for this growth in the near future.

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