Business is Thriving for Downtown's Funky Frog, Now in Its New Home
As of Tuesday, the children's resale shop has a Main Street address.
There's a lot changing in downtown Rochester these days.
For Renee Perkins, the change is all good.
Perkins is owner of The Funky Frog Children's Resale Boutique . Earlier this month, she celebrated her third anniversary as owner of the store. And on Tuesday, she celebrated another milestone: the moving of her store to downtown's Main Street.
She closed the shop Monday to move The Funky Frog from its former location on Third Street to the new location: a roomier, more high-profile spot near the corner of Main and University.
To those who say small businesses are struggling, Perkins may be the exception.
"I fell into a unique business that, because of the economy and because of the green movement, it's just working," Perkins said.
The Funky Frog consigns clothing and other children's items. Perkins also looks for inventory from children's shops to liquidate. The store includes books, toys, puzzles, games, shoes and all sizes of clothing. A special area of the store is devoted to handmade clothing by Ruby Loop, a Rochester-area children's clothing designer.
The move allowed the store to expand from 1,500 to 2,000 square feet. The new location — the site of the former Silk Worm store — also has a basement, which Perkins plans to use for storage.
"I think that even when the economy fully rebounds, business will still be good, because people have gotten used to being green and re-using things," Perkins said.
The Funky Frog is now located at 433 South Main Street.