Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Anna Banana’s

Some may label me a shopaholic, others a connoisseur… either way I love a good consignment shop and the people of Boone, NC are about to get a great one. Boone is not only home to Appalachian State University but also of Anna Banana’s, a new consignment shop opening soon.

Anna Lipford, the brains behind this glorious operation, moved to Boone in early August with her daughter to start a new venture in her sales driven life, and personally, I think a college town is the perfect place for this new store. 🙂 Anna posted a project on the site looking for a new logo and the winning entry came from cS username designangels.

I’m a huge fan of anything following the Green movement and consignment shops are definitely in this category. Along with clothes available for resale, Anna Banana’s will be selling furniture perfect for dorm rooms and apartments as well as local art!

I got a chance to ask Anna a few questions so listen up to her words of wisdom…

1.  How did you get things designed before crowdSPRING?

This is my first project.  I was considering friends as well as an ad agency.  I found that when using friends, you can lose a friendship.  crowdSPRING keeps things unemotional, fair and within the budget I chose.

2.  Why in the world did you decide to use crowdSPRING?!

CS came well recommended to me by someone in Boone that had used your site, happy with the results.  I tried using friends at first but couldn’t get the same quality I saw on crowdSPRING.  Also, didn’t want to go with an agency and feel the pressure to buy their version of my logo.  My logo’s super important to me.  It’s like picking out your face.

3. What’s the single best small biz resource that you’ve found (magazine, website, blog, etc.)?

SO hard to narrow it down to one.  I try and read everything I possibly can.  So if I have to pick one, I’d say the book, “Birthing the Elephant” fell in my lap at the right time.  It’s an easy read and very encouraging.

4.  If your best friend told you they were going to start a business, what’s the ONE piece of advice you’d give them?

Again, hard to narrow this down.  I’d say, do your research, talk to people in the business you want to be in and listen to their advice, but it’s your dream… follow it and go with your gut.  Stick to your dream fearlessly.  So many people try and crush your dream if you let them.