All About Sara
I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. A once sleepy town on the west coast of the sunshine state. In 1991 my mom opened her 1st retail shop (a consignment shop) in our dying downtown core. She helped to pioneer the small business culture downtown and spent several years as president of the downtown business association, advocating for life to be brought back to our once vibrant city center. I grew up watching this and realizing that even the smallest of businesses can have a real impact on the world around us.
Fast forward 20 years, I opened my own store, MISRED Outfitters, just a few blocks where my mom had thrived in hers. With $17K in savings, I started on my own small business journey. When MISRED opened, my block was the quintessential artist district, and MISRED was it’s flagship vintage shop. Eventually as the block got busier, I did whatever I could to keep up. I tried clothing design, I opened off site buying offices to focus on online, floor change planning & distribution. I opened, then closed, a second location across town. All of those growth plans turned out to be stifling. But I never gave up.
Eventually St. Pete changed and I saw an opportunity to change as well. Today MISRED is an all new Clothing boutique, specializing in everyday clothing & handmade accessories, for women of all ages. The change in concept worked for us and now the company has doubled in size, has a thriving online store, and is making over a million dollars a year in revenue. But more importantly I am an active participant in my community, creating real sustainable change for the people who live in my now not so sleepy sunshine city.