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Community Highlights: Meet Kim Gibson of Misty Blue

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kim Gibson.

Hi Kim, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I was that kid that sold her toys to other kids in the neighborhood, I have always been a merchant. So in 2008/9 as the economy began to take a nosedive and business began to drop off with my massage practice. I reached for a lifeline and started a pop-up fashion accessory business.

The fashion line has grown since its inception of Pantyhose, Handbags & Accessories. Today, Misty Blue is a pop-up fashion business servicing both men and women primarily in the Historic 18th & Vine District. Our fashion line today includes fashions for men and women; sunglasses, jewelry, clothing, misc, and accessories.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
No, no, not at all. When finances are tight, personality fashion pieces are a luxury so sales are affected by economic tides. This far, Misty Blue has been self-funded and that limits growth as well.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Misty Blue provides bold personality fashion expression pieces to accentuate your bold fashion statements. Misty Blue is known for its large selection of personality eyewear and sunglasses. What sets Misty Blue apart from other pop-up businesses, Misty Blue can set up displays with over 300 pairs of sunglasses on one day and the next day set up a full display of other fashion pieces excluding eyewear.

The flexibility is what sets Misty Blue apart and makes me most proud of my brand. Misty Blue is the brand of bold statement pieces for fashion-forward personalities and we are growing.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
As I mentioned I was the kid who sold her toys to other kids in the neighborhood. One year, my parents to me to get fireworks, I came home and sold them to kids in my neighborhood. I always knew I would have a business or two or three.

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