Jamie Cripe owns Plush Consignments in downtown Williamston, offering plus-sized women a wide variety of gently used clothing and accessories. From purses and shoes, to dresses and jeans, Plush is a little store with a lot of style. For more information, visit www.plushconsignment.com. Q: WHAT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS? A: I grew up in an entrepreneurial family. My dad owned a screen printing business in Lansing for 30 plus years and he was always doing new things with it and that inspired the want to have the independence of running my own business. Q: WHAT DOES PLUSH OFFER TO LOCAL WOMEN? A: Trendy, nice and often new shoes, clothes, purses and accessories for women sizes 12 and up. I also try and help people out with their fashion needs. I recently helped someone find bridesmaids dresses. I love helping people feel comfortable with themselves. Q: WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR PLUSH? A: To be able to bring fashion to curvier women in a way that makes them feel good about themselves. Q: HOW DID YOU GET INTERESTED IN FASHION? A: It’s so weird because (I’ve been a) t-shirt and jeans person, but I’ve always read fashion magazines and I’ve always loved fashion. I like putting outfits together and I’ve always been really creative and crafty, so it goes hand-in-hand. It’s important to bring that to a population of women who don’t always have that option.
Ellen Dowling is a student at Lansing Community College. She plans to transfer to a university where she intends on studying journalism. She loves photography, poetry, art and exploring the city she loves with her dog by her side.