From being retrenched to owning her own business

Beverley Barnes recently opened her new store, Bev's Closet ietsie van als

Bloemfontein resident, Beverley Barnes, who is well-known for her style, has recently opened her doors to the public with her first ever retail store, Bev’s Closet: Ietsie van Als.
The 36-year-old businesswoman is offering the community a variety of products ranging from shoes, clothing items and jewellery.

Barnes came upon the idea of opening a store whilst being “bored in lockdown”. She decided to spend R700 and bought slipper socks and stockings for ladies, which immediately sold out after posting the items on her social media accounts. “In June we received letters from work about possible retrenchments, so I prepared myself for the worst. Now I realise how God was preparing me for this new journey,” she said.

Barnes told Bloemfontein Courant, “This is the greatest feeling ever, doing my own thing, in my own time and on my own terms. Most of us think that in order to make a living you should work for someone. I was distraught and scared after getting my retrenchment letter. I thought the world was going to come to an end, but God had better plans for me and I am nothing but grateful as I can now do what I love on my own terms.”

After selling her first two dresses, Barnes was left with a wholesome feeling. She could see the joy it brought her clients. She is now testing the market for online orders to make the shopping experience as convenient as possible for her customers whilst getting them the latest fashion trends in no time. Bev’s Closet caters for everyone and though it is still at the testing stages, Barnes intends to cater for all tastes with the products she sells. Her store is located in 185 Tom Swartz Street, Heidedal with trading hours from 10:00 to 16:30 on weekdays and 9:00 to 14:00 on Saturdays.

Pierce van Heerden