Schuyler’s newest clothing store, Paulina’s Fashion, is a dream come true for owner Paulina Perez.
She moved here 15 years ago from Guatemala and started buying clothes wholesale and selling the items out of her home about eight years ago.
“I’ve been selling clothes for a long time,” Perez said through a translator. “It’s what I like.”
This summer, Perez signed up for an eight-week introduction to business course through Centro Hispano led by program and outreach manager Raul Arcos.
“She was very energetic,” said Arcos. “She was very willing to learn. She did ask a lot of questions.”
By that time Perez and her husband had already purchased and were remodeling a small house near the viaduct at 107 12th St. Shortly after she started the business class, Perez opened Paulina's Fashion.
Perez said her plan is to stock clothing for the entire family and everyone in the Schuyler community.
“I try to bring in new styles all the time," she said.
In addition to building her inventory, Perez has taken courses through Centro Hispano on QuickBooks and marketing. The business was starting to fully take shape when she realized the roof has a few leaks.
“She was struggling because she had a minor setback,” said Arcos. “She has to fix the roof before she finishes anything else, but she’s getting the front of the house set up.”
Although her plan may have fallen behind schedule, Perez got a boost earlier this month when the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce Commodores made a visit to the business.
Perez hopes to have the roof work completed soon, allowing her to finish setting up the store, including the fall and winter stock.
She's shooting for a grand opening in October followed by regular store hours, though a date for that event hasn't been set.
Meanwhile, she’s not letting a few bumps in the road slow her down.
“I feel really good,” Perez said. “I was looking to have my own business and not having to depend on anyone else.”
To reach the business, call 402-352-6094.