North Creek Steve Studnicky has moved into Kim’s Closet, changed the name and expanded to offer a full consignment shop at 282 Main St. on the second floor of Izzy’s Market.
Kim Smith opened Kim’s Closet in the summer of 2012 but has now ceded the space to former Creative Stage Lighting employee Steve Studnicky. Many in town know Studnicky as the North Creek fire chief. Now he’s one of North Creek’s most active entrepreneurs.
“Kim decided to step aside from it,” Studnicky said. “We started talking, and I decided to take it over and try to make a run with it. And I’ve expanded upon it quite a lot from what she had.”
After Studnicky opened on Feb. 1, he also moved into the front portion of the second floor where Betula’s gift shop was located. Betula’s opened last year and recently moved out.
North Country Niche is a consignment store with new and gently used items. Studnicky has added to the women’s clothing that Kim’s Closet had in stock.
“I’ve got a full line of men’s clothing now, a full line of boys clothing,” he said. “I’m just starting to take on infant and toddler clothing.”
There is also an expanded jewelry line, plus dreamcatchers, CDs, DVDs, footwear, Avon products, walking canes, etc. It’s an eclectic mix. And Studnicky is starting to take in other non-clothing items, such as electronics. To help promote North Creek, he’s created a T-shirt line called “Kickin’ it in the Crick,” which has also been placed on shot glasses.
“I noticed that there was a little bit of a missing thing in the town,” Studnicky said. “I really didn’t see anything that had ‘North Creek’ on it. So I made up a line of T-shirts with the old Crick saying on it.”
He also made one specifically for the whitewater season: “GOT CRICK? WE DO ... North Creek.” It has white lettering and a white drawing of a river raft, all on a navy blue T-shirt. Just in time for the Whitewater Derby this weekend.
For more information, log on to the North Country Niche website at www.northcountryniche.com (redirects to the Facebook page), call 615-7138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.