NEW TIMES: How’s business doing given the economic situation?
STEWART: We got hit really hard. In our particular situation, we’ve been cut off from the foot traffic because of closures on Monterey Street. That, in addition to the economy, has encouraged us to relocate within a month to the old Democratic offices. That’ll move us closer to the corner of Morro Street and Higuera Street, giving us more foot traffic.
NEW TIMES: Has the economy affected the amount of clothes you are receiving also?
STEWART: People want to sell clothes, but not buy clothes. It’s a little out of balance right now.
NEW TIMES: What are you looking to accomplish with the move?
STEWART: We’re really excited about going “green” when we move. We’re going to be very mindful of gift items, who we are purchasing from, according to free-trade practices, and keeping focus on local companies and artists.
NEW TIMES: How do you decide which clothes to buy and put on your racks?
STEWART: I look for the highest quality clothing and labels that I can provide at a reasonable price. Everyone deserves to get the most out of their money and we try to provide that.
NEW TIMES: How do you get your hands on the cards that you are well known for?
STEWART: We’re known for our unique cards. I look for small independent companies, lines that are printed on recycled paper, soy-based ink, etc. I have local artists that I love to bring in, as well as artists from all over the U.S.
NEW TIMES: Do you have a mission statement?
MOULE: Yes, our mission statement is mindfulness.