Six months after buying Potsdam’s Kidz Klozet, new owners move, expand
By CRAIG FREILICH
POTSDAM – Less than six months after saving the Kidz Klozet from closing, the owners are expanding and moving.
“We outgrew our space,” said Mary Smith, also owner of McGregor Electric, and co-owner with Jeannie Williams, also owner of Shear Creations.Smith and Williams bought the Kidz Klozet at 75 Market St. in February to keep it from closing after founder and previous owner Paula Vernile of Madrid decided to close the second-hand clothing store.
Smith and Williams plan to have the Kidz Klozet and More open in the SeaComm Plaza, 145 Market St., next to Tri-Town Cleaners, on Monday, July 2.
Their plan from the beginning was to broaden the offerings. In the new location, at 2,600 square feet nearly four times bigger than what they have now, they will have “Potsdam’s newest thrift store,” said Smith, with household goods, furniture, holiday decorations, and a formal room with prom dresses, wedding and bridesmaids dresses, and tuxedoes.
In a departure from the normal business model, the Kidz Klozet is accepting decent-quality items and offering store credit for them.
Store hours will remain Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., subject to adjustment.
Personnel will remain the two owners and about three part-timers for now.
The telephone number is 274-9140.