Something is blooming in south Reno; a group of young entrepreneurs. Their product, called Bloomz, is adding a splash of color to the Sage Ridge School campus. It started out as a way to decorate Ugg boots. "We wanted something to decorate the Uggs with since they were kind of plain, but we didn't want to ruin them." Sisters Noelle and Sophie Kim searched craft stores for ideas and came up with bright felt flowers made of hand-dyed wool from Nepal and extra strength magnets.
The Kim sisters stitched up support from other budding business young women at the school and before long Bloomz bloomed. "Well, at first, we sold them at school and then when they got popular at school, we went to Learning Express and asked if they would sell them," explained Noelle, who's a sixth grader.
I called Learning Express and management there said they have a difficult time keeping the felt flowers in stock. The girls agreed. I asked them how many flowers they have to make to keep up with demand. "A lot more than we're making!" they said with a giggle.
The bright, happy hues are not the only attraction, however. The petals also have a purpose. 100% of the profits go to charity. "Kids in need and education; currently we're going to donate a lot of the money to this school for the scholarship fund," said Sophie.
Sage Ridge is Reno's only independent, non-sectarian school for grades five thru 12. With a more than $17,000 annual price tag, the girls realize some students need help.
Director of Admissions, Laurice Antoun-Becker said 20% of the students at Sage Ridge receive some sort of financial assistance, so she is pleased to see her students not just growing a business, but also planting good will. "They wanted to participate and contribute to the scholarship fund, which is an amazing idea for such young kids."
All their hard work is paying off. While we were on campus, the girls had a surprise gift for the school – a $1,000 check. "It's exciting!" Once Bloomz grows even more, the girls would like to donate money to the Humane Society, Children in Transition and saving wild horses.
To buy a flower, which costs $9.50 a piece, visit Learning Express on Damonte Ranch Parkway.
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:59 AM EDT2013-05-23 06:59:26 GMT
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