It all started 2 years before the Foley’s even had their first child. Andrea started her first business, a cloth diaper service, out of her basement with nothing more than a $2,000 limit on a credit card. She created the business from scratch while also working full time.
Just 6 months after the birth of their first child, and 2.5 years into running a diaper service, Andrea added a second diaper service market through a business acquisition. She quit her full time job and focused on growing her expanding business with the support of her husband.
With over 10 years of experience in Retail Management, Andrea’s ultimate goal was to open a retail store. After 4 years in business, that goal was accomplished. She now owned two diaper service markets and her first retail store called “Baby Junk.”
Five years later, much like every retail store in the US, Baby Junk was feeling the decline of in-store purchasing as consumers shifted to online shopping and manufacturers shifted to direct selling. Andrea knew that her once thriving business would need a drastic change in order to survive this changing retail landscape. This is where Pirates & PixiesTM was born. Shifting from a natural parenting boutique to a children’s resale store.
While 100’s of retail store just like Baby Junk closed their doors, even Babies R Us, Andrea’s tenacity and willingness to reinvent created a thriving business in Pirates & PixiesTM. But the location that once supported a niche boutique was not the best place for a children’s resale store. Once again, Andrea knew she had to change in order to restore her business back to the level it had been at back in 2014. On August 4th 2018, Andrea opened her concept location of Pirates & PixiesTM in a 3,400 sq ft space in West Omaha.
Even after 13 years in business, having 3 children, selling both diaper services, working full time as a business consultant while running her businesses and completely reinventing her retail store, Andrea feels like her adventure is just beginning.
Andrea is passionate about helping businesses thrive. Her love of retail management and operations combined with consulting business owners is exactly what the Pirates & PixiesTM franchise represents. It’s not about expanding the brand as much as it is about giving the next generation of passionate business owners the opportunity to succeed. She can do this with both a proven business model and an experienced business consultant leading them through the fire. Because of her past experiences, Andrea’s emphasis on accepting Pirates & PixiesTM franchise owners will be very stringent.
We look forward to helping those business owners that have the same drive and passion for retail as us. If you feel like you fit that description and would be interested in one of our available markets, let’s get started!