60 Seconds With Gay Koran

by Clay Neely

alt

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.



More Business

Several retailers to close doors on Thanksgiving

For many consumers, Thanksgiving Day won’t be ending on the couch. According to a recent Accenture Holiday Shopping survey, 38 percent ... Read More


Business Briefs

Steakholders Midway opens Steakholders Midway has opened at 27 Jackson Street in downtown Newnan. It’s the second location of the Ph ... Read More


Business People

Duncan joins Stemberger and Cummins Attorney John Duncan has joined the law firm of Stemberger and Cummins, P.C. Duncan is currently preside ... Read More


Nursery owner uses old roots for new venture

If you ask Bob Lott what retirement is like, chances are he’ll probably laugh. Since opening Southern Roots nursery at the old A&W ... Read More


Downtown development benefits everyone

Cities across Georgia continue to operate in a hyper-competitive environment; the competition for investment opportunities has intensified a ... Read More

Business Briefs

Nickell Rental carrying new CAT mini excavators Nickell Rental of Newnan is one of the first owners of the new Cat E2 Series Mini Hydraulic ... Read More