by Larry Austin
Name-brand fashions have arrived on the Island courtesy of a new business.
Native Islander Jodi Rider has returned to her hometown and opened Adi's Closet consignment shop. A first-time business owner, Rider said opening Adi's Closet, named after her granddaughter, gave her "a new opportunity to do something different. I know Grand Island doesn't have anything like this." One fashionista at the business's ribbon-cutting on May 14 said, "You cannot buy name-brand clothes" on the Island anywhere else.
The consignment shop is located north of the roundabout at 1719 Grand Island Blvd. in a plaza that also houses Hizair salon.
Consignment shops match buyers and sellers. Rider said sellers can drop off their gently used, "clean, current and cute clothing" and sign an agreement for a three-month period. "Whatever the clothing sells for, you get 40 percent," Rider said. For buyers, the business will focus on the market of college kids and younger, targeting mostly higher-end clothing the kids are wearing in school, with name brands such as American Eagle, Hollister and Abercrombie.
"I'm very excited about it. I hope it's successful. I hope Grand Island supports it," Rider said of the venture.
She has the support of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce. "As a chamber, we're here to support especially the small businesses that open up. We try and give them help with their advertising, with letting people know that they're here, and we look forward to working with her and making this a successful venture here on Grand Island," said Rob Ratajczak, second vice president of the chamber.
The idea of opening a business had its genesis when Rider was having her hair done and noticed the location was vacant. She got a hold of landlord and Grand Island Chamber of Commerce director Derek Ostrom, and the two looked at the site on a February night with flashlights. "We looked at it and we said we can make something really cute and boutiqueish out of here," Rider said.
"We're happy to have some clothing retail on the Island," said Ratajczak. "It's a cute store with a nice setup as a 'closet.' "