SPOTLIGHT ON FASHION — Bonnie Poser, The N’Thing owner, stands next to a colorful display of fashion to keep you in style this summer. I-O Photo by Deanna Wakkinen
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
As a special for the I-O we will be running a bi-monthly ‘Spotlight on Business’ with an emphasis on their contributions to our community and their history.
Others may have come and gone like the latest fashion trends, but The N’ Thing in Conrad remains. Bonnie Poser, owner, says she’s glad the ‘Sonny and Cher’ look never came back and should be proud to say that it’s her third time seeing ‘stirrup pants’.
Opening her doors in 1975, Poser only specialized in fashions for juniors and carried Gunne Sax Gowns. Over the years she has met the demand of her customers and has migrated to ladies’ updated clothing and has substantially expanded her prom business. She is now one of the largest prom retailers in the state. She says The N’ Thing is “the place for Canadian grads”, emphasizing that they don’t celebrate a prom.
The best thing about being in business in Conrad so long, says Poser, is all the friends she has made through her customers, past and present. She commented that her job is to make her customer look and feel good about herself.
For the first 15 years of business, Poser used the help of 3-4 high school girls which allowed her to be home with her young children. Some of these young women have continued to use their knowledge of fashion and business in their careers.
Currently she has three employees, Claudia Martin, who has been with her 18 years, Patti Orcutt and Denise Pourroy.
Involved with many organizations over the years, you will notice The N’ Thing among other merchants out conducting sidewalk sales and promoting business in Conrad. Poser helped to bring the Rhubarb Festival to Conrad five years ago and it has been a nice addition to Whoop-Up days.
You can reach The N’ Thing at 278-5408 or stop on by at 415 S. Main St.