60 Seconds With Gay Koran

by Clay Neely

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Gay Koran, Owner, Blue Moon Boutique


What inspired you to start your business?

I have been in retail my whole life. I was working part-time at the store across the street and I slowly and gradually bought into it and then eventually wound up running it by myself. It’s just what I do and I love doing it.

What has been the biggest hurdle you’ve faced as a small business owner?

Making sure I have all the brands that customers want, especially in a slow economy. Since I started doing this in 2008, it’s been amazing. I’ve been able to gradually build it up and slowly add more lines. I don’t mean to sound braggadocio but my sales have doubled every year since 2008. Right now, I feel that my biggest accomplishment was when TOMS picked me out of ten retailers from around the world for their catalog. I had people from Nevada calling me.

What would you say to someone who wanted to start their own business in downtown Newnan?

Think it through thoroughly. Start your business slow and gradually add to it with as little debt as you possibly can. Get help from some of the other retailers in town. I feel like we all work together down here even though we’re competitors. It helps to grow the business down here. Talk to other stores before jumping in with both feet. For instance, I’ll send people to other stores like C.S. Toggery who also carries Southern Tide. If I don’t have it, chances are he might. I’d rather sell it to you but it keeps people from going out of Newnan. I think that’s one of the best things about working downtown. What inspired you to start your business?

I have been in retail my whole life. I was working part-time at the store across the street and I slowly and gradually bought into it and then eventually wound up running it by myself. It’s just what I do and I love doing it.

What has been the biggest hurdle you’ve faced as a small business owner?

Making sure I have all the brands that customers want, especially in a slow economy. Since I started doing this in 2008, it’s been amazing. I’ve been able to gradually build it up and slowly add more lines. I don’t mean to sound braggadocio but my sales have doubled every year since 2008. Right now, I feel that my biggest accomplishment was when TOMS picked me out of ten retailers from around the world for their catalog. I had people from Nevada calling me.

What would you say to someone who wanted to start their own business in downtown Newnan?

Think it through thoroughly. Start your business slow and gradually add to it with as little debt as you possibly can. Get help from some of the other retailers in town. I feel like we all work together down here even though we’re competitors. It helps to grow the business down here. Talk to other stores before jumping in with both feet. For instance, I’ll send people to other stores like C.S. Toggery who also carries Southern Tide. If I don’t have it, chances are he might. I’d rather sell it to you but it keeps people from going out of Newnan. I think that’s one of the best things about working downtown.



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