To Meghan Butterfield, it seems like ages ago that she decided to leave her banking and finance career and put her MBA to work as a business owner.
“Being that I’d never truly worked in retail before, other than the cosmetic counter at Clinique, all odds were against me,” Butterfield recalls. “So with a stash of cash I had been hoarding and an interesting name in my back pocket, I jumped into the insanely ever-changing world … .”
That was 2012, and today, Butterfield is the buyer for and owner of The Radish Loft Apparel and Gifts.
The Gulfport shop just sold gifts at the beginning but added clothes due to customer demand. Eleven years after opening, the store encompasses 2,400 square feet and is still standing strong. “I love that we offer something for just about everyone,” Butterfield says. “Since COVID, we have expanded online and are continuously seeing new customers from all over the country.”
The Radish Loft carries everything from clothing, shoes and jewelry to pottery, glassware and candles. Although she must keep abreast of what’s popular, Butterfield’s passion isn’t based in the latest fashion trend or next hot item.
“It’s really about the people and the relationships we have built,” she says. “I think I just really enjoy making people happy!”
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