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It's a dollar store and a little more




Edgar Vallejo always wanted to have his own business.

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Edgar Vallejo always wanted to have his own business.

Just turned 23, he didn't expect to have it so soon.

Vallejo, who also is a sophomore at Fort Hays State University majoring in business administration, opened 1 to 2 Dollar on June 29.

The store features low-cost items, such as candy, canned food, makeup, jewelry and accessories, baby and children's toys, household supplies, and party accessories. He said jewelry and kitchen supplies have been among his best selling items.

"I feel like in this economy everybody needs a place to save money," Vallejo said.

Even inexpensive items cost more, so instead of a dollar store, it's a little more.

"The prices have gone up, instead of being a dollar only anymore," Vallejo said.

The store, located at 107 E. 27th, Ste. D, is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Vallejo's sister, Nora, also helps out at the store.

"This place was open, and it's a great location, right off 27th," Vallejo said. "A lot of cars drive by. I think it's a great location."

Business has been good, so far.

"The word is still spreading," Vallejo said. "There's been quite a few people in. You can't miss it if you're on 27th."

Vallejo's previous jobs had been as a manager at Motel 6 and with Midwestern Pipeworks, an oil field company.

But owning a business was something he always wanted to do.

"I've always liked the administration part of a business," he said.

A 2009 graduate of Hays High School, Vallejo said he was motivated to open his store by his two small children.

"My son Kingston and my daughter Marley have pushed me to do things a person my age wouldn't feel ready for, but with the responsibilities of a parent, I had to speed up my life quite a bit," Vallejo said.

Now, Vallejo is full speed ahead with his business.

"I would like to expand," Vallejo said. "I definitely need more space, because I have a lot more items I would like to bring in, a lot more variety.

"I definitely can see myself expanding soon, hopefully."