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Small business start up helping grow economy in Tuscumbia

There are programs that exist to help create and grow new businesses and Tuscumbia has something similar. (Source: WAFF) There are programs that exist to help create and grow new businesses and Tuscumbia has something similar. (Source: WAFF)
TUSCUMBIA, AL (WAFF) -

There are programs that exist to help create and grow new businesses and Tuscumbia has something similar.

So many little pretty things to see, touch and smell. This isn't just one business Fiddledee D houses six shops in one store. It's owned by May Woodie Christopher who is also the president of the Tuscumbia Retail Development, which got its start years ago.  

"There were several of us ladies that decided we wanted to rebuild Tuscumbia, and there were six of us and we decided to form Tuscumbia Retail Development," said Christopher.

A brainstorming meeting led to a fundraiser.

"With that money, we were able to rent a building and start kind of a cooperative and that's what we have now," said Christopher. "That's what Fiddledee D is."

She said they average about six merchants since its beginning.

"And we have incubated some stores out which was the main purpose for this to start new businesses in Tuscumbia," said Christopher. "We've got a success story across the street because they went from one store to three."

There are several business success stories that started right here and they've moved out and on to their own business homes. One of them is just across the street at Nellie Mae.

Cousins, Courtney Thompson and Meagan Richardson, studied for six months learning their craft before they moved on. Two store fronts have merged to form Nelle Mae and the other store is called the Vault.

"Kind of a consignment, it's a resale boutique," said Richardson. "You bring your clothes in, we buy them from you and we resell them."

The girls said they learned a lot before they moved out.

"We had never owned a business of our own," said Richardson. "Everything was new to us. We learned from the ladies across the street how to start the day and starting and finishing the day, closing out the register and stuff like that."

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