Hannah Hereford runs Chloe’s Closet as a way to connect with other parents in the Katy area. She offers gently used clothing and shoes for children and expecting mothers in a boutique environment.
Herefored opened Chloe’s Closet in November 2017 after several years as a stay-at-home mom. She and her husband, Carlton, have two children. When their youngest child reached 8 years old, Hereford wanted to start working but was uncertain what career to pursue. She and Carlton decided to open Chloe’s Closet, named after the family’s dog.
“What I love is that Katy is a growing community of moms and kids,” Hereford said. “I love that I can still have that connection with the moms that come in.”
Although Chloe’s Closet sells secondhand items, Hereford said she did not want the store to feel cramped or have a musty smell. Instead she laid out the boutique with plenty of space between the racks and shelves and painted it white, lavender and teal.
“One step at a time, it ended up looking like exactly what I thought it would,” Hereford said.
Chloe’s Closet purchases its inventory from customers and provides store credit or cash to the sellers before the items go on the shop floor, she said.
“We’re so picky,” Hereford said. “We want it to look like new, so you honestly cannot tell the difference between resale and new.”
Hereford said she wants to support local entrepreneurs through Chloe’s Closet. In addition to clothing and shoes, the store also offers a variety of products from local crafters, new and gently used toys as well as woven items from Heshima Ministries, an organization that helps women in Uganda.
Hereford said she is grateful to the Katy community for the welcome it has given Chloe’s Closet. The store was ready to open just before Hurricane Harvey hit the region, and community members showed up to help the shop recover from storm damage. A year later Hereford said she is focused on getting the store to its second anniversary.
“I honestly don’t know where we’ll be in three or four years, but we hope it will just kind of multiply,” Hereford said. “I hope we’re still in this building, but also hope that we have a need to outgrow it.”
805 Ave. B, Katy
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