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I've lived in Colorado for 30 years, and I had a business in Castle Rock for about 20 years. I started Kim's Gourmet Products, which is a gourmet sauce company. It's now called Kim's Gourmet Sauces. One of my sales reps bought it and it's still a Castle Rock product, which is cool.
Being a small-business owner
We opened Skadoodles Women's Boutique, located at 718 Wilcox St. in Castle Rock, 12 years ago. We started out as a gift shop but evolved into women's clothing based on the needs and wants of our customers. We have some young customers but I would say it's more for 30s and up. In the beginning of Skadoodles, it was tough because Castle Rock wasn't that big. So, it's been a journey for sure in finding our niche. When other stores came into town, there were so many gift shops that it forced us to reinvent ourselves. It was hard to stay unique.
Today our customers describe it like this: They want to be hip but they don't want to look like they're trying to dress like their daughter or granddaughter.
My favorite part of running Skadoodles
Our customers. We get to know them on an individual basis and they become like family.
In my free time, I …
I do a personal chef service. So, I have families that I cook for where I go to their house. I also used to be a partner in the Tea Room at the Augustine Grill, which has now closed. They did teas once a month and I did the food for the teas.
In being a personal chef, I enjoy the challenge of providing what people are wanting, whether it's a health challenge or a dietary challenge or making the food look really pretty. For some of the families that I cook for there's adults and there's little kids. The kids want me to cook like Chick-fil-A, but the parents want me to do something a little healthier.
My life advice
Treat people how you would want to be treated.
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