At the end of March, Kara Campbell, owner and president of Uniquely Greek, announced her retirement in an ad in the newspaper.
“Everything Must Go,” the ad read. “My husband said it’s time to spoil my grandson & play with my puppy!”
Campbell’s husband Jim is a financial advisor for Wells Fargo Advisors.
“When your husband and your financial advisor tell you it’s time to retire, you listen,” Campbell said.
Campbell has worked all her adult life. First as a nurse and then in the store, and now, she says, is the time for her to spend more time at home with puppy Sophie, husband Jim and five-year-old grandson Beau Taylor.
“I don’t get to spend as much time with them as I’d like to,” she said. “As the owner you literally wear every hat from janitor to payroll.”
Campbell opened Uniquely Greek at 2915 Dave Ward Dr. Suite 9 in November of 2011 when her daughter Courtney was pledging to the Delta Beta Sigma sorority at Conway High School.
At the time, Campbell said, there was only one other store in town that catered to the college Greek organizations, but they didn’t offer much merchandise for high school organizations.
“As big of Greek Life as Conway has, I thought there was a need for another,” she said.
Courtney will be attending the University of Arkansas in the fall, and Campbell said with “her baby all the way in Fayetteville,” she’d need time away from the store to visit.
Over the years Campbell’s customer base has grown to include not only local Greek chapters, but customers coming as far as Fort Smith and Jonesboro.
Uniquely Greek was the first Greek lettering and embroidery store to offer Vera Bradley Greek letter design, Campbell said.
“They came by the carload to place orders, and we’d ship it to them,” Campbell said.
Customers also include the Conway High School Band and Orchestra.
Her Greek merchandise is mixed-in with an assortment of gift items.
With the name Uniquely Greek, Campbell ensures the store is stocked with truly unique gifts and Greek merchandise.
“I researched to make sure the gifts and Greek items I carry can’t be found on every corner,” she said.
Campbell said it is her hope that someone will buy the business and continue to run the store after she retires.
She said she has met with several potential buyers, but has not yet sold the business.
The building is owned by Covington Properties, who is showing the property to potential new tenants.
“We’re showing it and there is interest, but nothing I can speak for right now,” said Jason Covington of Covington Properties.
Campbell said she’s grateful to be able to retire well before 50 to spend time with her daughter and grandson, but will truly miss the store if it ends up going out of business.
“I’ll miss the relationships I’ve built across the board with all Greek organizations,” she said. “It was nice to see that [Uniquely Greek] was needed and successful.”
Uniquely Greek will close its doors April 15. Individuals interested in purchasing Uniquely Greek, Inc. can contact Campbell at 501-205-8180 or email@example.com.