Micheline, Business Owner (left) with Jamie , HBIA

Start a fresh career. Choose a fresh location.

Originally from North Bay, Micheline moved to south Eastern Ontario to raise her family. In 2005, the stay-at-home mom found a part-time job at a consignment store in Port Hope.

 

Micheline and the owner of My Sister’s Closet ‘clicked’ straight away. They talked about the someday when she would retire and Micheline could have first dibs.

 

In 2010, ahead of schedule, Micheline received the news that the business was for sale.

 

The shop had been a mainstay in a prime location in the downtown core for over a decade with a loyal customer following and a steady stream of new walk-ins.

 

However, Micheline’s fresh eyes identified a few challenges. The space was looking cramped, parking could be difficult, and the second storey of the shop presented challenges for incoming consignment sorting and merchandising.

 

With the advice and encouragement of Jamie, from the Heritage Business Improvement Area (HBIA), Micheline made an offer to lease a unique, spacious spot with ample parking.

 

Through its 170 year history, the Port Hope Granary perched above Memorial Park on John Street had been home to an eclectic range of artists, artisans and entrepreneurial ventures.

 

It was a perfect move for Micheline who has watched her enterprise grow exponentially since her restart in the new locale.

 

Micheline’s advice for success in downtown Port Hope? “Love what you do.” And secondly, “This is a tourist town with shopping traffic on evenings and weekends. So be open when your customers are here.”