By Jan Rahn
Josh and Carla Taylor, new own ers of Locker Room, are eager to see the business grow and are already filling orders for former clients of the business.
The Taylors purchased Locker Room from Connie and Tim Pofahl, finalizing paperwork Oct. 1, and bringing it into their home to begin Oct. 19.
Now located at 536 Washington, the specialty of the business is screen printing, however, they will still have trophies, medals, Plainsmen gear and a small selection of sporting goods.
Carla said they are also working with a company that does embroidery so they will be able to offer that as well.
“At some point we would like to expand a little more, but that is going to take us a few years,” she said.
Plunging in with no background or experience, the couple is excited to get fully trained and expand on the business.
“Connie is still very much in the process of training us,” said Carla. “We have a lot to learn, but she is willing to help, so things are rolling along.”
The Taylors will try to do everything themselves, but with a new baby due in February or early March, they may need a little help.
The busy parents also have twin boys, Nate and Cliff, in the fourth grade and 21-month-old Ryan—in addition to having full time jobs.
Josh, who grew up in Washington state and graduated in Wyoming, moved to Champion where his parents continue to farm. Carla is a Dundy County High School graduate.
They moved to Grant in June 2007. Josh works for NKC RailNet and Carla works in the grain department of Mid America Agri Products (ethanol plant) at Madrid.
They have both greatly enjoyed getting to know people in the community of Grant and look forward to meeting even more people as their business grows.
For now they will concentrate on running their new business and building up clientele.
With the business relocated to their garage and basement, by the first of the year they hope to be more accessible and have some set hours.
For the time being, customers may call them at 308-352-6501 to arrange a convenient time to get together.
“While I have a lot to learn about screen printing and retail, I am very excited to improve and grow this business,” said Carla. “My goal is to some day be able to move it back to a main street location.”