When longtime friends Melanie Landholm and Meagan Johnson decided they were going to make their dream thrift store a reality, a friend in the business encouraged them to make it happen.
“We just jumped into it,” Johnson said.
After taking the friend’s advice to visit area thrift stores and get ideas, the pair later went home and “just started chicken scratch writing notes,” Johnson said.
As they brainstormed, a vision for their business began to take shape and they started looking for a physical location in town.
A storefront in West Point caught their eye at 208 Main St., near the intersection of East Grove Street and Main Street.
Formerly a bakery, the store had been vacant for about two years, so the duo contacted the landlord about renting the space.
The store just needed some cleaning and minor fix-ups. Landholm and Johnson gave the walls fresh coats of colorful paint, and said their husbands also helped them with fixing up the place.
“Our poor husbands both work 50 plus hours a week and then would come here [to help]. So they’re relieved that we’re open and running now,” Johnson laughed.
They were able to move in at the end of June this year.
The M&M logo on the front of their store, which Johnson created, represents their initials and displays their favorite colors — pink and teal — which are also incorporated throughout the store.
Inside, the main room displays a wide array of women’s and men’s clothing as well as racks of shoes. The store also offers plus-size and maternity clothing.
An adjacent room is dedicated to items for kids and babies from clothes, toys, books, games and more.
The duo said offering baby items like high chairs, exercise bouncers and strollers is a huge plus for parents