We had the good fortune of connecting with Jolene Donahue and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jolene, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Success is ultimately determined by those around me and those that support Kid to Kid. I try and focus on how we can help the families in our community and the employees that choose to work with us. It can be very challenging to afford to raise a family and getting a great bargain on brand name clothing is something every mom wants. Families can offset the cost of clothing, toys and shoes by bringing in outgrown items and getting paid cash or a trading in for credit towards purchasing another necessary item. We are proud to be flexible with our employees, some who have challenging schedules, health needs or differently abled children. With the changes in online schooling, we closed our play area so that employee children have a safe place to complete their schooling while mom works. It’s not always easy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. This statement by SuccessConsciousness’ Shawn Lim sums our thoughts up nicely. “Always dream big, take consistent action, never give up, think positively and most importantly, believe in yourself and your dreams. If you are serious about achieving outstanding success in life, read, study and learn from successful people. Learn from both their failures and their successes.”
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Kid to Kid Northglenn is an upscale resale and Children’s Boutique Store for babies, kids and expecting moms. We’re a family owned small business that provides a safe and welcome place to shop and recycle kids’ stuff. It’s a win-win for parents…by giving them a place to trade in outgrown kid items, buying what they need now and giving another child an opportunity to love those items. We love bringing joy to families on a budget. To help our local community, we provide an opportunity to donate items to charities like A Precious Child. Big box retailers and online companies only leave behind ten to forty cents of every dollar spent in your community. When you shop local, 90% of your money stays local and is used to pay your neighbors and friends for their clothes too. It’s an ecosystem that keeps your community humming and more and more people are jumping on board. When you choose used instead of new, you reduce your carbon footprint by 60-70%. That’s more impactful than ditching your car and biking every day. Plus, the fashion industry is the second biggest polluter in the world. We are proud to part of a great movement towards second hand fashion and saving the environment while proving affordable options to families including putting some cash back in their pockets.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First, visit the most obvious reason to come to Colorado – the mountains. They are majestic and offer a variety of activities from small town shopping to peaceful hiking. Heading west, you are literally minutes from the best scenery anywhere and yet also minutes the other way, you can head downtown and enjoy some really unique areas like Larimer Square. Red Rocks is another area unique and exciting. The amphitheater is known throughout the world and definitely worth seeing. If you prefer arts and culture, we have many museums and experiences for a wide variety of interests. Don’t worry, foodies aren’t left out either. Many areas have a wide and unique range of restaurants and menus including mom and pops to Michelin-Star worthy cuisine.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
While it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a large and strong community to make an entrepreneur successful. I come from 2 of the best entrepreneurs I know, my parents. They are my strongest allies and biggest fans. They successfully ran their own business for years before they sold and retired in 2014. Leaning on their experience and support is the main reason I keep going. I have the support of so many people in several key groups (and could talk for hours about them), so I definitely must include The Junior Chamber Commerce (Jaycees), Make A Wish Colorado, Susan Allard, OSHA’s Region VIII Training Center (RMEC OSHA) and the Westminster Chamber of Commerce. I have to thank Katie Grinstead Z of Fallen Owl Tattoo in Lakewood. She saw something in me when I don’t always see it in myself and she makes it possible for me to juggle a crazy schedule during online schooling.
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