It is always fun to interview people who are able to make a lifelong passion their livelihood. I had that opportunity recently when I visited with Ryan Marsh, owner of Bellies, Babies, and Ballerinas on West Main Street.
Marsh purchased Bellies and Babies this past winter and moved it to the former location of Josephines. She then expanded the concept by adding dance merchandise. Marsh loves dance and worked as an instructor for Helen Redding for 10 years before having her first child.
"As much as I love teaching dance, it was becoming increasingly difficult from a scheduling standpoint," she said. "I have a 14-month-old son Ben and a daughter due in August. I wanted to do something where the scheduling was better for our family."
Marsh has used her Georgia Southern degree in fashion merchandising and minor in marketing to combine the three focuses of the store.
"When the Sugar Plum Fairy closed two years ago, there really wasn't anywhere in Statesboro that carried basic dance necessities," she said. "I kept hearing people complain about having to go to Savannah to purchase tights, shoes and body liners. So, I knew I wanted to meet that need. We will be completely stocked by July prior to the beginning of fall dance classes."
She also is excited about carrying maternity clothes and accessories.
"There isn't a lot of maternity wear to choose from in this area," she said. "So again, I am really going to focus on meeting that need as well."
Marsh also carries children's wear and gift accessories.
"We have clothing from newborn to 4T," Marsh said. "We probably have more children's clothes than anything else at this point, but I am continuing to add stock to my other two departments. Come check us out on Facebook."
So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
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