ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – An Abilene Christian University senior who opened up her own brick and mortar store in the midst of the pandemic now has a new business next door.
For Karson Tutt, it all started with a corner at Karson’s Boutique in downtown Abilene, which was originally set up to help other small businesses get started.
“I had a lot more people reach out to me wanting to have a spot in the little corner than I anticipated, and I really wanted to be able to provide an opportunity for everyone,” said Tutt.
Tutt rented the space next to her and called it The Commons at Karson’s.
“I was like, ‘I could actually turn that into a place to have a ton of small businesses,'” said Tutt.
The space allows more than nine businesses to set up shop and get some retail experience.
Abilene shopper Jessicca Cervantes says this was the first time she was able to go into the shop since seeing the updates on Tutt’s Instagram account.
“I love local businesses. I mean, I really hardly ever go to mass production places,” said Cervantes.
Cervantes says The Commons is a perfect spot for her to spend her money locally.
“I think it’s awesome that someone can start with something small and then they are able to work themselves up to something really big and they are able to help other people to get where Karson is,” said Cervantes.
Since someone once let Karson set up shop at their store, she says she wanted to do the same for others.
“There’s so many different customer bases with nine people in here, I thought by telling everyone to come to one place it would be really cool to get a lot of exposure for everybody,” said Tutt.
Karson encourages anyone with a small business to apply for a spot at The Commons.