7504 Thornapple River Drive
Ada, MI 49301
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Born and raised in Ada, Georgie graduated from Kendall School of Art and Design at the top of her class. and started a career as a furniture designer for Flexsteel in Iowa. When Georgie returned to Michigan to get married, she never dreamed she would end up running what is now West Michigan’s premiere consignment clothing store. She bought the historical Post House when she was only 28 years old. Her husband, a Lowell-based farmer, built and sold calf hutches to afford the down payment. When she opened her doors in 1981, the concept of consignment clothing was so new, Georgie had only her own clothes in what is now the Designer Room, and local business owners advised her not to bother getting a phone. Today, 30 years later, Georgie’s is an established business with a far-reaching reputation and Georgie loves what she does.
When Georgie’s sister, Brenda began working at Georgie’s to fill in temporarily she never expected to be there eight years later. After graduating from Aquinas College with a fine arts degree in painting, Brenda moved to Northern Idaho where she lived for 18 years. She loves being able to work side-by-side with her sister in an environment filled with beautiful clothes, accessories and lots of laughs! Brenda handles all the writing, database management, and facebook updates as well as assessing, pricing and tagging merchandise. This job provides a welcome break from the stress of previous positions as Program Manager for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and Business Manager for the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.
Retail Associate and Gardener
A native of Ada, Cathy Russ went to Ada Elementary School with Georgie and Brenda. She began working at Georgie’s in 1989. Cathy has a green thumb and an artistic eye when it comes to gardening. She is responsible for the beautiful English garden that graces the side of our building and in the summer months she arranges and cares for our lovely window boxes. Cathy keeps Georgie and Brenda on task in the office and is the work horse on the floor.
Long time friend Nancy Curtis works behind the scenes on the weekends doing the pull and merchandise markdown. She makes sure everything is ready for our consigners who pick up their unsold items. Nancy arranges everything by size and color and makes sure everything is in top shape for reopening on Tuesday morning. We couldn’t do it without her!