The Greene County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the year anniversary of Kim’s Consignment Boutique in Ruckersville with a ribbon cutting last Saturday, June 29.
“I will just tell you from the Chamber of Commerce we are so proud of you being here for a whole year,” said Stacy Griffith, chamber president. “We want to congratulate you on your success and we look forward to many more years with you here in Greene County.”
Kim Delaney, owner of Kim’s Consignment Boutique, stood with her family and told the crowd, “I want to thank everybody for making this first year awesome and keeping me in business and I’m hoping for many more years here.”
Delaney has five kids—ranging in age from 9 to 26—and one granddaughter who is 2. Her fiancé Tim Free was also onsite to offer his support.
Alan Yost, director of economic development and tourism, said it’s the entrepreneurial spirit being recognized.
“It’s just exciting to celebrate a one-year anniversary,” he said. “Entrepreneurs and small businesses are really the heart of Greene and we value them. It’s important that not only entrepreneurs step up but as a community we step up to support them, as well.”
Yost noted that when a dollar is spent at a small business, especially one owned by someone in that community, 70-80 percent of that dollar is reinvested in the community.
Delaney has lived in Greene County for 10 years.
“I think each year a small business succeeds here it’s not just a success for the chamber but for Greene County itself,” Griffith said. “It’s not just Kim’s success but also her consigners, many of whom are local people.”
Delaney said she’s loved owning a business in Greene.
“The community is amazing,” she said. “My consigners are absolutely fabulous and I couldn’t do it without them. The majority of the items here are consignerbased, though there are a few retail items.”
Vendors were also invited to be part of the celebration including Scentsy, Paparazzi and Color Street. Local author Mark O’Connell held a book signing, as well.
The shop is packed with unique items from clothing to furniture to purses to jewelry to housewares and everything in between.
“My slogan is ‘Come find your gem in Greene County at Kim’s Consignment Boutique’,” she said. “I really hope to be here for many more years.”
For information about the boutique, visit https://www.facebook.com/kimsconsignment/.
The Greene County Chamber of Commerce is always welcoming new businesses to join. There are events each month that support local business owners. On Oct. 2 the chambers from Greene, Orange, Louisa and Fluvanna will hold the 4th annual Quad County Business Summit—this year at Madison at the Mill in Orange County.
For more information about the Greene County Chamber of Commerce visit https:// www.greenecoc.org/.