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Ni-chern Designs

Find Your Ni-Chern

Ni-chern Designs

Ni-Chern Designs

Nicole Wall | Olathe, KS | Microenterprise

Nicole Wall puts the fun in functional. She founded Ni-Chern Designs in 2005, with her line of handmade accessories for ladies and followed up this past year with a line of collars for the fashionable dog. Below, we asked her why it’s important to shop local—and then we subject her to the KCSourceLink Shop Quiz. Join her on the shop local soapbox and score a deal for yourself or your fashion-forward furry friend.

What do you love about doing business in KC?

The support that I receive from everyone, from close family/friends to people that I meets at shows.

What does shopping local mean to you?

Supporting your neighbors, people you see every day, improving the community that we live in, empowering others in the community to reach out and try something for themselves.

Why is it important?

When you support the community, it not only grows your own community, it reaches beyond the community.

KCSourceLink Shop Quiz

The noun that describes who you are: Fun

The verb that describes what (or why?) you do: sew

Your power motto: Makers gotta make

Your KC happy place: Farmer’s Market

Your offline addiction: Fabric hoarding

Kansas City’s best kept secret: the awesome people

Your wisdom earned the hard way: You’re worth more than you think.

Your KC entrepreneurial crush: Hang Ups in KC

Your mentor: Richard Shipley of

Where you find your tribe: Handmade in KC

Find Your Niche

Facebook: nicherndesigns

Twitter: @nicherndesigns

Instagram: @ni_chern




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