“I really have this passion for retail, and the idea was inspired by my grandma,” she said. “She was such a shopper, and she was truly a great person and always found the best gifts for people.”
The Shopping Bag already employs approximately 10 to 15 people, and will hire additional workers for the brick-and-mortar store. The retailer could expand beyond one location soon, Murphy-Zahora said, and men’s clothing and accessories might be added to the inventory too.
Murphy-Zahora said she was bullied growing up and often felt the impact of the “mean-girl mentality.” Since then, she has advocated for anti-bullying campaigns and charities.
“I took those bricks and built with it,” she said. “I hope I can be an inspiration to other girls that you can persevere and make a nice life. It does get better.”
The retail building formerly held Weber Jewelers, which closed its doors at the end of 2016.
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