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Kids and clothes go hand in hand, kind of like peas and carrots.
Sarah Ahlers will open Neligh's newest clothing store, "Peas & Carrots" later this summer, offering gently used children’s clothing at 315 Main Street.
“I want my kids looking good but at the same time I am worried about my family’s budget," Ahler said.
Getting the idea from Kookaburras Kloset in Norfolk, Ahlers said the store is a great opportunity for people to keep with a budget and still keep closets up to date.
“Everything was clean and the quality was there,” Ahlers said, referring to Kookaburras Koset. “And I just loved going through the racks and the whole bag of clothes that would of cost me how much at a department store, and I was able to splurge and still be saving so much money.”
As she began her research into buildings, Ahler said everything started to line up as she purchased her building from Lyle Juracek, secured a loan and then and received a LB 840 economic development loan from the City of Neligh.
“It was one of those thing that’s like it’s a risk, but at the same time if I don’t do it, I don’t want to regret not doing it," she said.
Ahlers has her family on board and said the store could be very successful with the community’s support. The clothes will be quality items, which Ahlers will purchase from others and then resell. The clothes will not be by consignment.
“It's something the community doesn’t have, and the community is going to benefit from. I think it will, and not only Neligh, but I hope the surrounding Antelope County and I hope beyond that," she said.
Ahlers plans to continue working at her current employer, Farm Bureau, while the store is still being renovated and will work mornings there after the store opens.
She still needs to purchase inventory and advertise her store more, but Ahlers said she plans to open Pea’s and Carrot’s sometime in August.