Franchisee since 2005
“Raising six children with only one income meant that we spent a lot of time buying and selling our family’s clothing at Children’s Orchard. Children’s clothing resale stores are so valuable with a big family on a budget. It allowed me to buy my kids some name brand clothing at a fraction of what it would cost brand new. When the opportunity came for us to own our own Children’s Orchard, we jumped at the chance.
Being a Children’s Orchard has been a blessing for my family. The flexibility that comes with being a small business owner allowed me to attend my children’s activities when they were younger. Moreover, I was able to take the time I needed to be at my husband’s side when he was battling cancer. The franchise model was such that I could rely on a strong management team to handle the day-to-day operation so I could care for him.
Family business ownership is a big part of my heritage, so I’m excited to continue that legacy with my Children’s Orchard franchise. My oldest daughter works in the store now with the intent of taking over for me in the future. With the strong support we receive from NTY Franchise Company, I’m sure she’ll be a great success!”
“My family and I became part of the NTY Franchise Company family right out of college, purchasing two Clothes Mentor locations in our hometown of Little Rock, AR in 2013. We loved resale clothing, so when they presented us with an opportunity to open a Children’s Orchard here, we jumped at the chance!
I’m a mother of three (with a fourth on the way!) so I could immediately appreciate the benefit of a kids resale clothing store. They grow out of their clothing and equipment so fast! Helping other parents in the area get some money back on their children’s gently used items can really help the family budget.
For us, NTY Franchise Company has been an A++ Partner! I was really young when I became an entrepreneur, so being part of a franchise system like NTY Franchise Company was so important because it set my family up to win. It’s nice to know we don’t have to do it alone, and with a great company like NTY, I never feel that way. They are always striving to learn new things to teach us. They are humble, willing to receive our feedback and make adjustments. As franchisees we have a voice and I really like that. It’s a team effort here.”
“I spent most of my professional career working with children and their families as an educator, so I knew I wanted to do something that allowed me to continue spending time with families. When my youngest daughter decided to pursue an entrepreneurial business degree, our family started looking at franchise options. Once we were introduced to Children’s Orchard, I knew it was the right fit.
Being a Children’s Orchard franchise owner means I get to continue working with children and local families by helping them buy and sell their gently used items in a way that supports their family budget. It’s also a business that allows my daughters and I to spend time together working in the store.
Not only that, but I feel like I’m contributing to my community. When my family first moved to Tennessee, we really didn’t know anyone. Now I run into local families I know everywhere I go because they frequent my Children’s Orchard franchise. It’s only been a few years, but we’re ready to expand our kids clothing franchise by as much as 50% as soon as the property becomes available.
I don’t think we could have done this without the corporate team at NTY Franchise Company and the network of franchisees willing to help us on this journey. I’ve always got someone to bounce ideas off of and get terrific feedback. The IT support team responds quickly and effectively when I have an issue and the other franchisees in the Nashville area and beyond are quick to help me react to trends in the weather, the school calendar and other events that can help me grow our business. We’re very happy to be part of the Children’s Orchard family!”
“I first learned of Children’s Orchard years ago when I was introduced to the store by a friend. As a wife and mother of three children, I could appreciate the idea of buying and selling gently used children’s clothing, toys and other items since they grow out of them so quickly. Plus, as someone who cares deeply about environmental protection, I really liked the idea of recycling these perfectly good items so they stay out of the landfill and let others enjoy them.
I first worked as an employee in the store my husband and I now own, learning the business and what it took to be successful. It’s been three years since we purchased the store and we’ve seen growth of 50% since we became owners.
We couldn’t be happier with our decision to become Children’s Orchard Franchisees. The corporate support team always available when I need help and the support is terrific. The flexible hours I spend at the store allow me be part of family events and enjoy watching my children perform in their extracurricular activities. Plus, my family spends time together in the store growing our family business.”
“I spent much of my career working in retail so I had a good sense of what it took to be successful. My wife and I have three children, so we were very familiar with kids clothing resale stores and had a good understanding of how they worked. At the time, there were no kids clothing resale stores in Cleveland, so when we discovered Children’s Orchard, we figured it would be a great fit for us.
I’ve been a Children’s Orchard franchise owner for 14 years now. I love being my own boss, really like the company and enjoy having the freedom to set my own hours. The people at NTY Franchise Company are there to support you, but they don’t micromanage my store. I get to operate their proven model of success but still feel like I’m in control. It’s a great situation for me and my family.”
“I’ve been a Children’s Orchard franchise owner since 2005. In that time, we have grown from a small 1800 sq ft store to a successful 4000 sq ft business.
After my friend and co-owner, Dohani and I immigrated to the United States from Mexico, we decided that we wanted to start our own business. We started looking at concepts online and came across Children’s Orchard. Both of us were young mothers and we both loved the idea of owning an eco-friendly kids clothing store, so we went for it.
Becoming a Children’s Orchard franchisee was a terrific decision for us, especially as immigrants. Trying to open a business is always challenging, but doing it in a new country without any guidance would be very difficult. With Children’s Orchard, we bought into a proven system that the team at NTY Franchise Company continues to perfect. We continue to learn everything we can from them, listen to what they have to say and take advantage of everything they offer.
At first, we were both working every hour that the store was open, but over time, we built a team capable of handling the day-to-day operations. Now, neither of us needs to be in the store for it to run successfully. I work on my business, but not in my business. That gives me flexibility and free time to spend with my kids and my grandchild. I read a lot and go running, I travel with my husband and do all of the things I want to do. I’m living the life I always wanted.”
“After 20 years of servicing international and domestic accounts for a manufacturer, my husband, Jack, and I were determined to find a new opportunity for us. Jack has a wonderful job, so we needed something that allowed me to manage the day-to-day operations while Jack contributed his business knowledge behind the scenes. When we came across Children’s Orchard, we knew we found the right fit.
The chance to live out our dreams as entrepreneurs was very exciting, and because Children’s Orchard is a franchise, we knew we’d get the guidance we needed to succeed. The support team at NTY Franchise Company is only a phone call away, and they have a great wealth of knowledge to help us win as small business owners. Owning a kids clothing franchise requires a lot of time and energy, but it’s been worth it. If we had it to do again, Jack and I would absolutely choose Children’s Orchard!”