What started from the seed of an idea officially became reality as Mallard Diversified Industries celebrated its foray into retail last Monday morning in Wadena. Special guests, board members and supporters were all on hand to help Mallard Diversified Industries Inc. (MDSI) management and staff celebrate the grand opening of Wash & Wear, a “gently used clothing store.”
A unique clothesline-cutting ceremony with, left to right, June Draude, MLA Kelvington-Wadena; employees, back row, Erin Zorn and Kari Potter; front row, Sydney Bodnaryk, Lara Cristiano, Brenda Eyre and Allison Peachy, and Mayor Greg Linnen.
In her remarks during the ribbon-cutting, MLA June Draude joked that she had never been “kicked out” of an office space for a better reason, as the store is on the former site of her constituency office. She thanked MDSI for its innovation and presented a framed congratulatory letter.
Located at 110 Main Street just next to the laundromat, also operated by MDSI, Wash & Wear was a project that was a few years in the making, said board member Elaine Wirtz. With a little bit of hard work and some grant money, they were able to get the shop up and running.
“We are very proud of the accomplishments of the staff,” said Wirtz, thanking those who had a hand in the store’s early success.
Mayor Greg Linnen is pleased that MDSI has opened the store. “It’s just one more of the valuable services provided by Mallard Diversified Industries to the town of Wadena,” he said.
Wadena’s “little shop that could” is doing better than expected. According to MDSI employee Jen Korchalo, the business has exceeded all expectations since it opened on Nov. 20, 2014. “The reception from Wadena and area has been very good,” she said in an interview last week.
Although there are no plans to expand its hours, being open three days a week allows each of the six store employees to have a turn, said Korchalo, who, along with Pat Dodsland, supervises the enterprise.
Wash & Wear carries a wide variety of clothing, including brand names, for men, women and children, and there is also a selection of shoes, boots, purses and accessories.
By Alison Squires