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Neat ‘N Nifty celebrates 25 years
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Ezra Black Photo
Storeowner Anita Ferguson and manager Beth Poch are celebrating 25 years of serving the Crowsnest Pass.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
After many years in the garment business Anita Ferguson, owner and founder of Neat ‘N Nifty, has seen the fashions of the Crowsnest Pass come and go.
These days, people are wearing more natural fabrics and less polyester than they were in the past, says Ferguson.
“[But] we’re not dressing fancier by any means,” she says. “You don’t see the ladies walking down the street in their two-piece suits with hats and gloves. You don’t see that anymore.”
“Hats are starting to make a comeback though,” she adds.
To celebrate 25 years of service to the community, Neat ‘N Nifty is having a sale on summer clothing until August 22. Ferguson is also offering door prizes.
Ferguson has faced a long and winding entrepreneurial road.
She had been working at the F.M. Thompson’s in Blairmore for 12 years when the business closed. Needing a job, she went into business for herself buying a one-hour photo development and crafts store in the Crowsnest Mall.
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Over time she added clothing and gift wear. She got rid of the one-hour photo development and crafts and started concentrating on clothing and gifts.
“Back then we had homemade t-shirts,” reflects Ferguson. “We’d make them and they were hand painted.”
She moved the business out of the mall and into the Sears on 22nd Avenue in Blairmore before relocating it across the street in 2009.
She also owns the Sears franchise and laments at having to run back and forth across the street to manage her businesses. She relies heavily on manager Beth Poch to run Neat ‘N Nifty.
“I hope we can continue to serve the community as long as possible,” says Ferguson.
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