Kandi Stephens didn’t let the Great Recession get in her way when she decided to open The Scrub Shoppe in August 2009.
She started her business in a 1,100 square foot building on Yale Place near Roosevelt House.
In 2015, Stephens moved to its current location in Towne Square North.
“When I moved in I couldn’t imagine what I would do with so much space,” Stephens said. “Now we’ve passed this place. We will be moving to another store that has twice as much space as this one, ”which has 3,181 square feet.
In 2016, The Scrub Shoppe was named Small Business of the Year in the one to 10 employee category by the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce.
And since then, the company has grown rapidly.
Stephens added a mobile store that goes to medical facilities in southern Indiana, western Kentucky, and central Tennessee.
Two years ago, Stephens’ son Josh opened a branch of the store in Nashville.
And now she’s getting ready to move.
Over the past five years, the store has grown beyond medical scrubs, lab coats, shoes, supportive socks, custom embroidery, stethoscopes, watches, blood pressure cuffs and supplies. with which he started.
“We’ve added cozy Simply Southern T-shirts, Christian T-shirts, gifts, Candleberry candles, Captain Rodney’s Dip, Uncle Josh’s sorghum and other things,” Stephens said. “But scrubs are still our bread and butter.”
She can’t say where the store is going yet.
Its mobile store is distributed to a dozen hospitals in Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee, so staff members can shop during their breaks.
The Nashville store, Stephens said, is that city’s largest scrub store.
The Owensboro store, she said, attracts customers from Henderson, Evansville, Newburgh and several other towns in the region.
MaryAnn Stewart, Director of Retail, said, “We have sold online all the way to Hawaii and Canada. A wound care center in Canada orders us every month or six weeks.
Stephens said she came from a family of small business owners.
“My dad, Virgil McPherson, my brother, Mike and I had seven small businesses between us in Owensboro,” she said.
His lease at Towne Square North ends in October.
And Stephens is hoping to be moved and moved to the new location in time for the holidays.
She had worked in a brush store before starting her own business and saw a need she felt she could fill, Stephens said.
“There are a lot of medical workers in town,” she said.
Owensboro Health alone has more than 5,200 employees.
Stephens said: “I stayed home with my kids until the youngest started kindergarten, then I worked here, there and there until I decided to make my own. business.”
She said she found inspiration in the life of Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A.
“I read all I could about Truett Cathy,” she said.
And like Chick-fil-A, The Scrub Shoppe is closed on Sundays.
“I never wanted to work on Sundays,” Stephens said. “I just took his lead. We close on Sundays for worship and families.
But there was a time when she worried about the future.
A few years ago, the Owensboro Regional Health Hospital decided to sell its own scrubs “and wouldn’t let anyone else use their logo,” Stephens said. “It was scary to lose all of their stuff. But after about a year they contacted me and told me they didn’t want to be in retail. They were in health care. And I got the scrub case from them. It was huge for me.