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Swank Shoe Lounge Going Strong

Shoe lovers Melissa Bodnar and Jana Raskob were tired of struggling to find fashionable shoe brands in their hometown of Saskatoon, Canada. So after crafting a business plan and taking a leap of faith, the duo bowed their own store, Swank Shoe Lounge nearly two months ago. So far, the shop has been doing better than expected, Bodnar told FN.

“It’s been a dream. Our expectations have been exceeded by far. A lot of people in Saskatoon travel to buy their shoes. They’ll go to Vancouver or Montreal. We really needed a boutique here to offer what shops have available in other cities.”

The duo stock a wide range of brands including Frye, Dolce Vita, Minnetonka, Miss Sixty, Hunter and Converse by John Varvatos, and will be adding even more next season.

Shoe Station Set To Open

Terry Barkin, owner and president of Mobile, Ala.-based Shoe Station, said the company will open a new store at the end of August in the Premiere Shopping Center in Pratville, Ala. This marks the retailer’s third store in the Montgomery, Ala. region, he said. “It’s a major market for us, and Pratville is a fast-growing suburban area. And it’s a good real estate opportunity,” he said of the former Goody’s location. Barkin also cheered the Wal-Mart anchor store at the shopping center, which draws a lot of traffic. Next spring, the company plans to relocate one store and open a new location. 

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