It’s training time again and we’re thrilled to show off our
newest franchisees. They’re hitting the books in Minneapolis this
week to prepare for their grand opening or re-grand opening. Each aspiring
business owner, whether traveling from the east coast, Midwest, or Canada
all have their own unique stories. Below you’ll be able to get to
know them all a bit more.
Once Upon A Child – Stephanie Biwer, Minnetonka, MN
Stephanie Biwer, a former Winmark employee is taking the leap and starting
her new journey with an existing Once Upon a Child store in Minnetonka,
MN. With multiple years of awarding Winmark brands to franchisees, Stephanie
is excited to work for herself and with this growing brand.
Plato’s Closet – Selina Beilstein, Layton, UT
Selina (Pictured here) and David Beilstein are already business owners.
The two own a pet boarding, grooming and retail shop in Layton, UT. Selina
was a dog groomer for 27 years and David, an accountant. Their experience
in the retail industry brought them to Winmark in hopes of opening their
second business. When the Plato’s Closet in their community was
listed for sale, the Layton couple jumped on the opportunity. Selina and
David have been customers of Plato’s Closet for 10 years and they’re
excited to build relationships with their community and customers.
Once Upon A Child – Greg Simon, Whitby, ON
Greg Simon was attracted to Once Upon A Child as a customer and wants to
help families expand their funds. As store owner, he is looking forward
to creating a positive culture. With his own words, Greg states, “Creating
a positive culture, and in turn those positive roots, will churn positive
Once Upon A Child – Nicole Fuller, Bowie, MD
Nicole Fuller pictured here with Steven Barnett, worked as a consultant
for 17 years selling and implementing large human service solutions. What
led her to wanting to become a business owner you may ask? She’s
excited about having the flexibility to use a proven business model while
also including her own decision making in the process. Nicole knows providing
customers with a great in store experience is crucial to the success of
any business and she knows she can provide that with her new business
venture at Once Upon A Child in Maryland.
Plato’s Closet – Paul George, Hampstead, NH
Meet Paul George of Hampstead, New Hampshire. Paul has always been self-employed
and is ready to own his own business. As a store owner, he’s most
looking forward to staying put and not having to travel so often.
Territories for Plato’s Closet and Once Upon A Child are still available
throughout the United States and Canada. For more information on how you
can become your own boss, clickhere to learn more.