Commercial Street has experienced a recent boom in businesses opening their doors. The newest addition is Traders Apparel.
This family-owned business is a great addition to the ambiance of the old Front Street. They have updated and improved the façade of the building while keeping with the classy old-time feel.
While their storefront has more of the old town charm, their website www.tradersapparel.com, has a modern edge. The website is clean and easy to navigate, even for those who are not so technically saavy.
With the current economic climate, there has been a boom in the buying and selling of pre-owned items on facebook and classified pages. This high-end used clothing store facilitates this same concept in retail form and should be a great fit in Morgan. However, this is not the reason behind its opening.
Shane Rappleye, store owner and local resident, said that he just wanted to open a place where Morgan youth could work in a clean atmosphere and gain much-needed job skills. This philanthropic gesture works well for both Morgan youth and Rappleye.
Employees of Traders Apparel not only gain retail experience, but learn more about e-commerce. Rappleye benefits because with the lack of job opportunities for adolescents in Morgan, he gets to pick from the cream of the crop. His employees are teens who have incredible work ethics and customer service skills.
Rappleye said, “Keeping up with all the brands and latest trends is overwhelming, but my wife and our current employees excel in this department.” Rappleye’s wife, Heather, is currently expecting their sixth child, so she comes in to lend a hand whenever possible but loves being a stay-at-home mom.
This is the sixth business that Rappleye has owned. For the last 13 years he has operated Utah Gas Pipe, a business that installs underground and in-building gas lines for residential and commercial areas.
“I love having a business in Morgan. The community reaction has been great and I am hoping it grows,” commented Rappleye. Traders Apparel received 1,000 items in three weeks. Customers who buy and sell have come from all over including Layton, Kaysville, and even as far out as Wyoming and St. George.
Traders Apparel offers cash or in-store credit for the right type of clothing. There are incentives for those who choose the in-store credit option. “We want to steer clear of the D.I. mentality,” said Rappleye. Outdated items or clothing with stains or obvious wear cannot be accepted.
A grand opening and ribbon cutting were held on Saturday, April 13. The public came out to enjoy the atmosphere as well as free hot dogs and drinks, happy to welcome this new store to the area.