Kathy Davenport is the owner and powerhouse behind the ever-growing Shoppes. Starting as one of the original vendors at The Shoppes at City Center when it opened in March 2014, her Party Krashers gift baskets and party decorations took up just one wall. But that was just the beginning of her journey with The Shoppes. She soon expanded her product offerings, taking up more of the store’s real estate.
Then, when the opportunity presented itself in June 2015, she purchased the business and with much enthusiasm, set out to grow! By November of that year, The Shoppes at City Center had outgrown its space and was turning vendors away. The following year, a new opportunity presented itself and in January 2016 The Shoppes moved from City Center Boulevard to a much larger space inside the Kenyon Bailey Garden Center. With the adjoining Wildflower Cafe, the business boomed! By March 2016, there was a waiting list for vendors!
And the reputation of The Shoppes for being a place to find a high quality and diverse items is spreading around town! “A customer was referred to us by Belks! They knew we did tuxedo rentals!” says Kathy.
Kathy has created a community of vendors that treat each other like family. They complement and support each other. “It makes The Shoppes special and worth waiting for,” says Kathy.
Her vendors feel the same way. “Kathy goes above and beyond to not only make customers happy, but each of us vendors as well! She really cares about our sales and it shows,” says Randi Conkle (Mommy Makes Stuff). “I love being a part of The Shoppes!”
“I have never worked in a business where the owner is as caring as Kathy,” says Joan Ellis. “She goes way over and beyond the norm to make us successful.”
Every time you walk into The Shoppes things look different. Not only are there new vendors and products, but Kathy is always trying to see what works best. She wants her vendors to succeed and will keeping working until they do.
“Her creative suggestions for display have made a big difference in my sales,” says Joy Caron (Joy’s Joy). “She is so eager for each person to enjoy and prosper in their participation with a great group of vendors.”
“I think one of the biggest things I have learned from Kathy is that the word can't is not in her vocabulary. I have not seen Kathy fail at anything she has set out to do since I met her. The amount of hard work and the compassion she shows is truly one of a kind and that is what sets her apart from anyone I have ever met,” says Chrissy Riggs (Baby's Corner).
Not only does Katy support her team, but together the vendors at The Shoppes support the community. Kathy and her team recently raised over $900 for The American Cancer Society during an Easter Egging event. The vendors hid candy-filled eggs in yards for children to hunt Easter morning. “The vendors were out very late,” says Kathy, “but we shared many laughs and made some great memories!” The Shoppes has also donated raffle baskets, supported the Coast Guard Spouses Club by purchasing an ad in their cookbook, hosted Chamber of Commerce events, and sold Krispy Kreme donuts for Relay for Life.
“Kathy Davenport is truly a natural born leader with the most infectious laugh and a servant's heart for sure! What she has done with The Shoppes, in such a short amount of time is completely amazing and so inspiring!” says Tammy Byrum. “Kathy, you can't hide your cape from us girl...we can see it!”
Kathy is the wife of a hardworking Everett Davenport. The couple met in1996 and have four beautiful children and five amazing grandchildren.
The Daily Advance wrote an article about Kathy and The Shoppes.