Bishopville resident opens city's only locally owned clothing store

BY KAYLA ROBINS kayla@theitem.com
Posted 12/19/18

A new business that recently opened in Bishopville is filling a void that previously left the city without a local clothing store.

Turner and Scoot opened its doors on Dec. 10, and owner Katie Kelly said the women's clothing and accessories …

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Bishopville resident opens city's only locally owned clothing store

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A new business that recently opened in Bishopville is filling a void that previously left the city without a local clothing store.

Turner and Scoot opened its doors on Dec. 10, and owner Katie Kelly said the women's clothing and accessories boutique is already increasing foot traffic in downtown Bishopville.

"This is my very first business ever," the Sumter native and now Bishopville resident said. "I've always loved fashion, and growing up in college I did modeling at the College of Charleston and Fashion Week there.

"I've always wanted to own a store."

Kelly's initial plan was to split her time between the store and her job at SafeRack, a loading rack safety equipment company with offices in Sumter and Georgetown, but she recently put in her two-weeks' notice after six years to "be 100 percent" into her new venture.

"My heart and soul is in that store," she said.

She said Greater Bishopville, a nonprofit focused on funding redevelopment and revitalization in the Lee County city, received a $1 million donation that is being used to encourage business owners to move and open downtown.

"Not everywhere gets opportunities like I do," she said. "After five years of paying rent, I own the building for $1. It was the right offer, and the right time."

The women's boutique sells clothing in sizes XS-3X and also offers accessories, scarves, jewelry, gifts and, starting in January, shoes. Kelly said she wants to add a small men's section sometime next year.

With only a Dollar General in Bishopville, residents have to plan a whole day to go shopping because they have to go to Sumter or Florence to find local stores.

The word boutique should not scare people with a tighter wallet away, she said.

"Price point was a big thing for me. I wanted to make it economical for people," she said.

Blouses at another local boutique may run upwards of $100. Kelly's tops range from $22 to $64. Her most expensive pair of jeans are $64 bell bottoms.

"But you can get black skinnies for $36, and they look good. They're not cheap," she said.

Kelly carries brands such as Ellison, Kori America, BuddyLove, Fate, Foxiedox, Everly, Umgee and Judy Blue.