FIVE ON THREE

Industry: Fashion

Mahala Ahearn

Owner, Style Encore Allen

Style Encore is part of a unique national resale chain that buys and sells gently-used clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories, among other items. Style Encore provides women the resource to sell items they no longer wear, get paid cash on the spot and purchase new items at a value of up to 70 percent off regular retail prices.

Business address: 190 E. Stacy Road, Ste. 1334, Allen

Year opened: 2015

Number of employees: 10

Website: style-encoreallen.com

What does your business offer that is unique compared to similar businesses?

Unlike a typical consignment store, no appointment is necessary to sell clothing and accessories to the store. Plus, the store pays cash on the spot for goods it purchases from costumers. Style Encore typically buys items that have been in retail stores within the past 12-18 months and are current styles seen in malls.

What is the most important part of your job on a daily basis?

It’s important for me to treat my employees as my No. 1 customer. My philosophy is if my employees are treated right and know how a customer is supposed to feel within the store, then they will reflect the same kindness and respect to the customers that enter our doors.

What are your keys to success?

I grew up in a small town and worked at the local chamber of commerce in high school, so I know firsthand that if you’re loyal to the community, they will return the favor. This community is especially tight-knit. That's why as the first Style Encore location in D-FW, I chose Allen.

What surprises you most about your job?

How excited the customers are when they walk into the store. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “I’m so happy we finally have a store like this for women,” or "It feels like a boutique." I think the community has wanted and needed a concept like Style Encore here for awhile now.   

Tell us something most people wouldn't know about your company.

The business was designed by women for women. Style Encore was based off two main principles of environmental friendliness: reusing and recycling. Our customers love the idea of profiting from unwanted items and updating their wardrobe at affordable prices while helping the environment.

To be featured in Five on Three, contact Garrett Cook at gcook@starlocalmedia.com

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