Modern Entrepreneurs Podcast with Monica Garrett
Hi everyone, thanks for tuning in to another episode on the Modern Entrepreneurs podcast. Today my guest is Kathy Cruz. Kathy is the co-owner of the retail store, The Salvaged Boutique in Lakewood, Ohio. Kathy and her sister Karen, approached the start of the business as a marathon instead of a sprint. It took them about 2 years to open a brick and mortar store. They started slowly with a blog, then social media accounts, then an Etsy Shop. Then they decided to participate in a popular urban flea market in Cleveland. This lead to actually opening the retail store.


Kathy and her sister started The Salvaged Boutique with a small amount of cash, and continued to re-invest their profits as they grew. Prior to opening the actual brick and mortar store Kathy invested some of her own money. They are now at the point where they are paying themselves. They did all of this without any loans or grants. And truly, no business plan.


Owning two businesses as a side hustle

Kathy still works full-time and at one point, her Law Enforcement career was demanding 50-70 hour work weeks. She had to figure out how to manage her time with a full-time gig and the business(es). Now, it really fits her lifestyle.

+ Her journey on how she got here
+ Bootstrapping it when getting started
+ How to prepare for opening a retail business
+ What it’s like juggling a time-demanding full-time job and TWO side businesses



The Salvaged Boutique – 13383 Madison Avenue, Lakewood Ohio 4410






(music by Anitek)


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