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Beccie’s favorite pet person is her dog groomer,


eccie Reilly


started out making a single tote for her granddaughter, Kaylee, to carry her brushes to groom horses. It was Kaylee who suggested Nana make more totes and sell them — so she could make money and buy Kaylee a horse. Smart thinking and business sense run in the family!


The Bling Thing Beccie creates whatever her customers want. Her big- gest audiences so far have been horse and dog show enthusiasts.


They’ve given her plenty of opportunity to add rhine- stones and other custom touches that bring squeals of delight. Beccie can do anything and everything with the bags and totes she creates. And, she keeps refining and improving her goods.


Booming Business Nana B’s started out as a “hobby company.” As the demand for her products grew, Beccie moved to de- signing and crafting the bags full time.


Busy doing what she loves — sewing and selling her products at events — Beccie initially put everything she made right back into the business. Since then, Beccie’s learned that a business must be enjoyable, popular and profitable: Something she’s no doubt passing along to Kaylee,


Special Heart


Tending to all the little extras for her clients, from lo- cating the ideal fabric in the perfect colors to adding just the right amount of bling, is what sets Beccie apart. That quality is also what she so admires in others.


Theresa Livingston, who has cared for Bec- cie’s pets for


more than 12 years.


Theresa, said Beccie, works with each animal around its abilities and disabilities — and always with great compassion. A similar tender and tailored customer service is what makes Beccie so popular with her own clients, too.


Worth Saving Money For When Beccie was at a dog show a bit over a year ago, two young ladies, about 17 years in age, came to her booth toward the end of a very long weekend in very hot weather.


The dog show had ended, but before packing up to head home and cool off, the girls ran to Beccie’s booth to make a purchase.


Excitedly, they told her that they’d both been saving money to purchase the totes they had been dreaming of for a good long while. Now they’d saved enough, and today was tote-buying time.


Imagine what fun they had looking through all the fab- ric samples until they found just the ones that tickled their fancy.


This is why Beccie loves what she does — the pleased faces of her patrons. She felt honored that these two young women valued her totes to that extent.


What a fantastic way to end the show. Beccie could be seen smiling the entire time she was packing up her display. She’s smiling still.


You can reach Beccie Reilly at becciereilly@msn.com or 503-939-4602.


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