Past Issues

Vol. 23 Issue 7


When It’s Time to Make a Move: Your Size May Vary

The founder of Function Junction tells the story of her small business expansion.

Mary Merola was only 23 in 1977 when she opened her first Function Junction kitchen and housewares retail store in Kansas City.

“Our original plan was to open three stores in 10 years, and we opened three stores in 10 months,” Merola said. “It was a whirlwind of activity and an incredibly steep learning curve.” (more…)


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