GROW Nebraska member Small Town Famous has officially expanded, opening its doors in a brand-new shop located in Grand Island. This expansion has been a long time coming for the couple Matt and Jacque Cranson. They started out their business in the basement of their home eleven years ago. Where they were slinging t-shirts and going to every event to sell those shirts. Not long after this, they opened their shop in Hastings Nebraska right off First Street. They saw the outpour of community support, with the first location helping them to decide on the new location which may not be the last shop they open.
Small Town Famous sells a variety of t-shirts for every school, and many unique designs as well such as a shirt sold in the Buy Nebraska store with the saying Never Lost a Tailgate. They also have a variety of specialty gifts as well. They joined GROW Nebraska in July of 2018 at the state fair. “We have stayed because we love being a part of an organization that does such a good job of promoting Nebraska businesses.”
Expanding businesses in today’s economy is not an easy task to do. There are a lot of details that go into making it work. Knowing what location and what you want from that location is huge but knowing the people of the community definitely helps. Jacque Cranson states, “We saw an open building in downtown Grand Island and being from there I thought it was a good opportunity to try another location.”
With everyone switching to an online market, and so many things changing now, Small Town Famous prefers, what seems to be unique with an in person setting. Jacque Cranson states, “We prefer seeing people and meeting them face to face, verses online sales. It’s fun to see everyone and learn their stories. You don’t get that with an online store.”
Cranson states her advice for anyone wanting to grow or open a business, is to go for it! “We enjoy growing and setting goals and meeting those goals. It’s fun to keep challenging ourselves.”
GROW Nebraska is always excited when members have a success story like this, and we would like to send a big congratulations to Small Town Famous! Check out their new location at 301 W. Third St. in Grand Island, or shop their store online below!