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A $3 ponytail holder launched a Crestwood business on eBay

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By Marion Taylor

La Grange resident Nishea Sipley’s motto is “start small with big plans.”
In May 2009, Sipley began making monogrammed ponytail holders and selling them on eBay for $3 each.
When Sipley’s daughter Mali was born she received a monogrammed gift basket and it sparked her interest.
“I had never sown anything before,” she said.
But Sipley bought a used-monogramming machine online and started her business small.
Once the orders started coming, customers requested specialty items and her inventory grew. Sipley created an online business and filled orders from her home until opening M&N Monogrammed Gifts in Crestwood on July 5.
Sipley outgrew the storage space in her home so the decision to open a storefront made sense.
“We just have a lot of loyal customers,” Sipley said, “We had a lady drive from Lexington on the day we opened.”
By starting small, Sipley said she started safely.
“We grew, which supported the next step,” she said.
Sipley leased the space on West Ky. 146 on June 23 and officially opened less than two weeks later.
“I told my husband, ‘the sooner, the better,’” she said with a laugh.
After working 12-hour days to renovate the former N-Stitches location near Latte Cafe, Sipley and her husband had the store ready to open its doors.
“Everything that could go right, went right,” Sipley said, which made the process of opening as easy as possible.
Sipley said she is excited to fill the local need for screen-printing, vinyl and embroidery.
“It’s a local option that was here once before,” she said.
Sipley mentioned that having an unusual name has made her appreciate the ability to put someone’s name on anything.
Between the store and website Sipley offers 1,500 products from purses and luggage to jewelry, all customizable.
M&N Monogrammed Gifts is located at 6334-2 W. Ky. 146 in Crestwood.
“Monogramming makes your items unique,” Sipley said. You get to pick your personality.”

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