RIVERVIEW — When Shawn Marx lost her retail job of 13 years in June, she had no idea what to do.
And then it came to her. She would parlay her retail skills into her own store selling children's clothes and accessories.
Kidz Galore & More is a consignment store featuring children's clothes, cribs, toddler beds and toys.
"This is my first time as a business owner," Marx said, "but after years of shopping at consignment stores and researching what consumers really want, I took those ideas and improved upon them."
Marx and her husband, Gary, have experience dealing with children. The couple have three daughters, an 11-year-old and twin 10-year-olds.
Kidz Galore & More offers both cash and store credit for children's items customers want to sell.
"Before opening the store, I read reviews from customers from consignment shops. The main complaint was the stores were impersonal," Marx said. "The difference in my store is that we really focus on the customers. My girls are in the store to welcome people, and I focus on their needs."
The store opened in November. Marx plans to hold a grand opening Jan. 23-24 during store hours.
"We're looking forward to welcoming the community to the store with activities and food for the whole family," Marx said.
Kidz Galore & More is at 9431 U.S. 301 S in Riverview. The hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. For information, call (813) 260-8457.
Baby emporium to open in Brandon
Buy Buy Baby, a chain owned by Bed Bath & Beyond, will open in March in place of the former Linens 'n Things on Causeway Boulevard in Brandon.
Set to compete with major baby stores like Babies "R" Us, Buy Buy Baby offers products ranging from books for expectant mothers to potty training tools for toddlers.
The Brandon store, which will span 35,000 square feet, will feature a portrait studio, spokeswoman Catherine Gentile said.
This Buy Buy Baby will be the chain's first location in the Tampa Bay area. The company has two stores in South Florida.
Buy Buy Baby will be at 11345 Causeway Blvd. For more information about the store, visit buybuybaby.com.
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