Clothes Mentor®

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Corporate Office: 1907 Wayzata Blvd - Suite 210
Wayzata, MN 55305
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About Clothes Mentor®

Clothes Mentor charts a new course in retailing. They’re America’s first and only national chain focusing on upscale-resale better-brand women’s clothing. They target savvy, brand-conscious women in their 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s with desirable styles and low prices. Compared to consignment and thrift stores, Clothes Mentor projects brand names, top quality and excellent condition. Their stores shine and make shopping desirable. They help American women look great and save money.

Company History

Clothes Mentor® is the creation of Lynn and Dennis Blum of Columbus, OH. Lynn and Dennis have a very successful history of founding high-value, high-margin retail businesses.

In the early 1980’s, Lynn made a decision to start a business to help support their family. With three growing boys, their closets became full of outgrown clothes that were still in great shape. Lynn knew there were other families who would jump at the chance to purchase these “next to new” items at prices far below new retail. In 1991, she opened her first Once Upon A Child® resale store in Columbus, Ohio. Soon after, she opened her second store in Toledo. As her businesses flourished, many people asked if they too, could own a Once Upon A Child® store. In 1992, the answer was “YES!” and Lynn and Dennis began franchising the Once Upon A Child® business. By late 1992, they had sold and opened 20 Once Upon a Child® stores.

At that same time, Ronald G. Olson, President and co-founder of Grow Biz International, was seeing explosive growth in his Play It Again Sports® stores. In just 2 years, Play It Again Sports® had opened nearly 100 stores and had agreements for another 200 stores to be opened. Looking for another opportunity to grow his franchise company, Ron purchased the rights to the Once Upon a Child® franchise from Lynn and Dennis Blum.

Under Ron’s leadership, Grow Biz International grew their franchise offerings by purchasing a number of other start-up franchise brands including Plato’s Closet® … also founded by Lynn and Dennis Blum. Ron built this group of franchise brands to well over 1000 store locations in the U.S.A. and Canada… all specializing in the sale of new and high-quality, name brand used merchandise.

After having served as President and CEO since 1990, Mr. Olson left Grow Biz International in 2000 to find a new franchise brand and start up a new company. For 6 years, Mr. Olson looked at many other franchise opportunities. None compared to what he saw in Clothes Mentor®, which he sees as the next high growth franchise opportunity that is ready to be introduced nationwide.

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Clothes Mentor charts a new course in retailing. They're America's first and only national chain focusing on upscale-resale better-brand women's clothing


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