Chief Creative Officer & Owner
My Secret Garden ~ Bay City, Michigan
Today’s podcast guest is one of the most creative, gifted, savvy, smart and yes, REMARKABLE retailers that I have ever met, and she is a great friend and retail accountability partner! Terri King is the owner of My Secret Garden in Bay City, Michigan. Today you’ll hear some words of wisdom from this exceptional entrepreneur!
Terri brings passion and incredible creativity to her beautiful store in Bay City, Michigan. Her store encompasses over 7,000 square feet and the displays are absolutely delightful!
Terri scours markets in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Chicago, High Point and locally to bring the best selection of unique products to her customers. Constantly changing merchandise and displays keep My Secret Garden fresh and exciting!
She is highly respected within the Retail Community and has been featured in several publications including GiftBeat and the Off-Price Market Magazine, along with many articles in her local market area. Her shop is a true destination shopping location for locals and those who travel to the Bay City, Michigan area. Her shop buzzes with creative displays and fun events for customers!
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Back in the Day…
“My Secret Garden started at art shows and booth space in the Bay City Antique Center and grew and grew. We opened our own store on Water Street and expanded the business there. In 2004, we bought and totally renovated the 7,000 plus square foot space that houses My Secret Garden today. Our building was built as a Studebaker dealership and has been a lot of different things over the years. We are glad it is now our home!”
Here is My Secret Garden today…
Fashion at the Garden
Terri is one of the best fashion buyers that I have ever met. Her taste is eclectic, and her eye for color is fabulous! I love to see her eyes sparkle when she talks about a great “find” that she is taking back for her clients. It is always fun to see what she is picking out and putting together. She is a naturally gifted photographer and her eye for design comes through in everything she does.
My Secret Garden has a really fun apparel boutique located right inside their store. “We are constantly at market to make sure the apparel they buy is unique, of high quality, and the cutting edge of fashion. We don’t do ordinary! If you want something different and unique and very “boutique” we are the place to shop!
New fashions are always arriving. Browse our hallway for junior fashions for the young at heart. Our main boutique carries a wide variety of fabulous fashions from casual to items perfect for a night on the town. You will find the best styles at the best prices in the area.”
Seasonal & Events
No matter what the season or holiday, My Secret Garden goes all out to decorate our shop from top to bottom! Their events are a smashing success! This past fall, she did a “FROZEN” event that had people waiting in line just to get in the door!
Spring and Easter, Fourth of July & Summer, Fall and Halloween, and of course, Christmas – the shop is always changing and always features something new!
My Secret Garden is famous for their Halloween displays. Over the years they have created everything from a mad scientist laboratory to a grave yard. And every year Terri wonders how we are going to top this next year. But, somehow we always do. You will always find great products, floral ideas, and tips to add a festive touch to your home.
This year Terri was thrilled to introduce THE CHRISTMAS SHOP at My Secret Garden! An adjoining business moved out, giving Terri access to another whole area to display her beautiful wares in.
I have learned so much over the years from Terri King! If you are ever in the Bay City, Michigan area, please take time to stop by and tour her delightful shop! Here is her contact information:
Thank you to my guest, Terri King, and to you for joining us today for this episode of “Remarkable Retailer.” I hope you’ve found some tips, tools and tactics for taking your business to the next level. Terri is a great retailer to learn from!
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