BB's Closet opening
A new business is set to open in downtown Augusta on Jan. 31. BB’s Closet, a consignment boutique, is owned by Ashley Birkey and Kelly Beavers. The two mothers met at church, developed a friendship, and saw a need in Augusta.
“We both have young kids and we were both stay at home moms,” said Birkey. “We thought this would be a good opportunity to get out and do something, but still be able to have our kids at the store with us.”
Beavers has five children and Birkey has two and the children have their own back room at the store to play in. Both mothers say they would often travel to other towns to buy gently used clothes for their families.
“I have been driving to Pratt for years because there are three or four consignment stores on their main street,” said Birkey.
“We were out shopping at a sale in Winfield and we were like ‘I would love to open a store like this,’ said Beavers. “And so we did it!”
The boutique carries a large selection of baby and children’s clothing and accessories, toys, and equipment as well as adult clothing. There is also a selection of something you don’t see very often in any store.
“We have cloth diapers, both new and used,” said Beavers. “We eventually want to have a large selection of cloth diapers as something that sets us apart.”
If you haven’t seen a cloth diaper in a while you should probably check them out. These aren’t your grandmother’s nappies, these are new, stylish, and come in a variety of colors.
Being in business is nothing new to Beavers, whose husband owns and operates Beavers Plumbing near Augusta. Both women credit their husbands for encouraging them to take their business idea to the next level.
“Her husband is really good at carpentry so he has done a lot of labor,” said Beavers. “My husband has done a bunch of the plumbing. They were both really on board and supportive.”
Beavers and Birkey say their shop is a true consignment business. They accept gently used items from consigners and when it sells the consigner gets paid.
“We do all the tagging and we wash the clothes, all you really have to do is put it in a box with your name on it and we will do all the work,” said Beavers.
While BB’s will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. they say to like them on Facebook because they occasionally will be open extended hours and will announce those times through social media.