CREATIVES: Entrepreneur to Watch Rusty Heery of Athens, GA
Rusty Heery’s heritage of entrepreneurism began in the heart of downtown Athens when his father opened Heery’s Clothes Closet in 1959. Rusty carries on the tradition of providing great customer service and offering fashion forward brands. He invests in a strong staff of people that equally understand the college town market and share his vision for the business. Rusty recently renovated the brick and mortar and re-designed its e-commerce site so he moves with the times.
Rusty is a valued member of The Southern Coterie and a smart entrepreneur to befriend. #connectcollaboratecreate
Look out for updates on Heery’s upcoming fall events such as a fashion show with TIBI designer and UGA graduate Amy Smilovic, football weekend events with other retailers and brands from around the South as well as a super fab blogger visit from Waiting on Martha.
Born 4-1-56 in Decatur, Georgia, Rusty moved to Athens in 1959 and he graduated from Athens Academy in 1974. He graduated from Hampden Sydney College with a B.A. in Economics in 1978. Rusty worked for C&S Bank until August 1979. He worked at Heery’s from 1979 to present. Rusty and his wife Ginger have three children and one granddaughter.
Describe your brand/business and how it got started:
My father opened Heery’s in 1959 in half of the Heery’s Too building. We moved to our current location in the mid 1980s. Heery’s is an upscale ladies boutique offering an extensive selection of clothes, handbags, shoes and accessories.
We’re inspired by a strong desire of offer our customers a truly wonderful shopping experience with a commitment to the highest level of customer service.
#1 skill/attribute needed to be an entrepreneur:
Hard work and self discipline.
Role model and why:
My father. He built a great business from scratch, always treated people fairly and retired when he was still young.
Favorite social media and why:
Facebook. It keeps you in touch with so many people.
(Lindsay, his creative director and I say check out Heery’s fab instagram.)
Favorite quote or piece of advice:
Robert E. Lee’s father told him to always remember that to strangers you are the person you appear to be.
Interesting tidbit about you or your business:
When I started, I didn’t know a thing about the ladies clothing business. I watched in total amazement of ladies shopping habits.
Fave book or author:
Golf, bird hunting
What you love most about Athens:
All of the energy
Rusty pictured with staffers Lindsay Lucas and Linda Rasch
195 College Avenue
Athens, Georgia 30601
Be sure to also check out his other endeavors:
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