Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Agne.
Hi Stephanie, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I spent ten years working as a dietitian (with a huge side passion for interior design!) before I decided to make the jump into home furnishings retail. When I was starting to think about making a change, I took a job in a boutique and immediately fell in love with curating and merchandising a shop. I knew within weeks I wanted to open my own shop and spent the new few years – that happen to coincide with several cross-country moves for my husband’s job and the birth of our first son – researching, collecting vendors, and drafting a business plan. Once we settled in Kansas City, I started filling in all the specifics of the business plan and looking for financing and a location! We started with primarily small home accessories and gift, and after a move to a larger location in 2018, we added furniture and started offering interior design.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Ha! Is it ever? We moved to our larger location to snag a prime spot next to great neighbors, but it was almost a full 3x bigger than our previous so it took us some time to grown into it. After years of customers asking us about interior design, this pushed us to take that leap at that time. We also subleased a portion of our space to wellness and skincare shop, which has been a great complement to our offerings.
The pandemic of course presented crazy challenges for us as well. We had been primarily brick and mortar shop for our first few years open and when we had to close for 7 weeks, we used the time to pivot and get everything we wanted online. We have since developed a drop ship component to our business, where furniture online is shipped direct from the manufacturer and it’s been a great growth area for us.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Golden & Pine has a natural and organic modern style that has become our signature. When we opened 5 years ago, there was not a lot of light wood, bright white walls and handmade textiles and ceramics in Kansas City, and it’s been fun to see our customers incorporate our style into their homes. It’s even more fun now that we are designing rooms from the ground up and get to put in hard finishes like cabinets and tile that reflect our style.
Who else deserves credit in your story?
I’ve had some really fabulous employees throughout the years! My first two hires were with me and and off for 4 years and became like family as we all moved thorough growing a small business. Because we did see a lot of growth as a home furnishings retailer during the pandemic (when we all thought about home so much more!), we have grown immensely during the last 2 years. I have a fabulous team, several with big responsibilities that allow me to focus on what I do best – buying, merchandising, and design. In turn we’ve been able to turn our retail jobs into more of a career track, with health insurance, retirement and even our first official maternity leave starting end of this year!
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