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Hays woman opens unique boutique

2/12/2014

By RANDY GONZALES

By RANDY GONZALES

rgonzales@dailynews.net

Kim Thomason has a little bit of this and a little bit of that in her new store.

Thomason, owner of Oohs-n-Oz, 1609 Main, rents space at her store, and the person who rents it receives 100 percent of the profits of what's sold. So far, Thomason has 18 people renting space; her goal is to have 30.

Thomason opened the doors Feb. 1 where her former business, Main Stop Liquor, was located in the front of a building that had another of her businesses, Hays Car Care, in the back.

Hays Car Care is thriving, Thomason said. But she grew tired of the liquor store after 13 years and closed it two years ago.

"I wanted to do something I enjoy doing," Thomason said. "I've always enjoyed doing crafts. But with the busy, hectic life, you aren't able to."

Oohs-n-Oz fits the bill for what Thomason was looking for. The store is filled with craft items.

The tie-dyed shirts are her creations. Among other items at the store are decorative gourds resembling pottery that is sold by an Ellis man, stained-glass art from an Ellis woman and somewhat risque greeting cards sold by another Ellis woman.

Tracy Augustine has sold her greeting cards for three years. She jumped at the chance to put her cards in another store when Thomason approached her.

"She thought it would be a good fit, and I agreed," Augustine said. "It's my 10th store, so I'm very excited."

There also are collar "pops" sold by a Fort Hays State University student. Thomason said collar "pops" are the rage these days, and people can wear the brightly-colored collars around necks with an outfit and make it "pop."

Thomason said the store has a few antiques, but it's not an antique store.

"It's all going to be new to me," Thomason said of the business. "It's kind of an experiment."

Thomason is encouraged by the early response from customers and already has expansion plans, if the business is successful. She's pleased with her inventory selection but would like more variety.

"I would like some new, unique things, too," she said. "Always looking for prospects."

Oohs-n-Oz is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.