Neely explained Mason is a single mother who had lost her career of 20 years and decided to change paths with Klothes in Motion. Around the same time, Neely launched Deck Your Boots.
Neely said her idea came from a shopping trip where she found decorative boot cuffs and thought she could make them herself. Her first efforts were successful and now she has trouble keeping up with demand.
Mason’s entrepreneur spirit took flight in October after she lost a job in medical sales, she said.
“After 18 years, I was downsized and went to work for another company who was bought out,” she said, shaking her head.
Just the thought of going back to work for another company didn’t appeal to her so Mason said she decided to take her passion for fashion on the road.
“I just didn’t have the heart to look again,” Mason said about the prospect of a job search.
In a matter of five weeks, she bought a trailer; refitted it to look like a high-end clothing boutique with hardwood floors and shiplap walls; and took her fashion show on the road.
Mason said she has made her own clothes for years and often takes thrift store finds and up-cycles them into new looks and one-of-a-kind items.
She showed off a pair of combat boots she found at a local thrift store that she bleached and sanded before lacing with Sari ribbon and adding bling with charms. She also likes to refit men’s shirts with a flattering form and lace additions.
“I love doing stuff like that,” Mason said.
With both of their ventures starting to take off, the friends decided it would be a good idea to open a location on the Square.
Mason said the new store on the Square will offer her up-cycled creations, Neely’s handcrafted boot cuffs and handmade jewelry along with cute, trendy and comfortable women’s clothing “at a great value.”
When Neely's husband, Chris, heard the space that formerly housed the Tiny Tea House was open, he knew the unique store would work for his wife's and her best friend's needs, Neely said.
“It’s not too big but not too small,” Neely said.
The store is a perfect fit for two longtime friends and their new businesses.
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