Staff Photo: John Bohn Ari Kassatly, 10, checks her reflection in a mirror while showing off a pair of sun glasses at Epic Clothing, a consignment boutique for kids, teens and women that her mother, Angie McLean Boger, is assisting in operating. The shop is located in Suwanee. Kassatly is a fifth grade student at Riverside Elementary School.
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SUWANEE -- Arianna Kassatly often goes "thrifting," keeping a keen eye out for the next custom bracelet, designer shades or T-Shirt that might grab the attention of her customers.
Already, at the age of 10, the Riverside Elementary student is learning the ropes of running a business.
And she's got a great mentor: her mom.
As the CEO of a well-established Atlanta consignment shop for more than 20 years, Angie, hopes to pass on the "entrepreneur's spirit" to her daughter.
The vehicle is Epic Fun Clothing in Suwanee. The recently-opened consignment boutique offers a unique experience for mother and daughter shoppers, Angie said.
"Even if a mom doesn't have a big budget, and maybe they want that instant gratification for her daughter for her birthday, she can come in and spend $10 or $15 and get two or three things," she said.
Angie also was an entrepreneur at a young age. "I had a paper route," she said. "When I was 11, I was babysitting, and when I was 12 I was mowing lawns."
Angie's hoping her daughter will learn some life lessons from business just as she did.
Mom said that Arianna is "very smart ... but I want to help her balance that with creativity and customer service."
Already, Arianna helps her pick out the clothing that goes on the shelves. "She goes thrifting with me. She'll be buying stuff online with me. She helped set up a bank account with a banker. I'm going to teacher her how to do the books and so forth, so it's a multi-faceted business, and I want her to learn every aspect of it."
Mom said she wants her daughter to one day own the Suwanee store.
Arianna said she's enjoying it so far, and she thinks there's a need for it.
"There's not a lot of shopping around for kids and teens and moms," the 10-year-old girl said. "Here, they can all find something."
She added that she enjoys "helping mom decide decorations and clothes."
The young girl also chose the shop's name: "Mom wanted it to be 'Clothing Exchange,' but I didn't really like that, so I changed it to 'Epic Fun Clothing.'"
Angie described the clothing that will be offered at the store as "everyday mall clothes that are cute and fun, because we want it to be really, really fun in here. We're going to have fun music, fun decorations. A little girl can come in, and she's going to find something fun to wear."
She said the store is "so cool. All my friends will come in to shop, and my mom can meet their moms."