Origins of Our Family-Owned Local Business
Kinder Kloset first opened its doors on Sheyenne Street in West Fargo in June, 1985, with three employees. Founder Mona Thorstad had a vision of a store that bought and sold pre-owned children's clothing, toys, and equipment, giving a second life to outgrown or unwanted items that otherwise would be discarded. Kinder Kloset was the first store of its kind in the Fargo-Moorhead region. Although in 2014 it's generally regarded as good economic sense, when the store first opened, there was somewhat of a stigma attached to buying used clothing. Undaunted, Mona and her staff stuck with the concept, providing the foundation for the store's current success.
Kinder Kloset remained at its original location for several years, and relocated to Fargo on 9th Ave S, near the Century 10 Theater. Kinder Kloset moved to its current location at 745 45th St S in Fargo in 2003.
Mona and husband Mike Thorstad sold the business to Sharon and Gary Mapes, who owned and operated the store until 2008, when it was purchased by Mona's cousin Lenae and her husband Tony Ambrose. Sadly, shortly after selling the business, Sharon passed away.
Continuing Our Success
Kinder Kloset continues to build on the foundation laid by the Thorstad family and the Mapes family. The business counts among its seven current employees Susan Durbin, who was a member of the original team that opened the original store on Sheyenne Street. She particularly enjoys seeing customers who frequented the store when their children were young returning to shop for their grandchildren! Also on staff is Jayne Mapes, Sharon's daughter-in-law, who has been with the store for over four years.
Today, Kinder Kloset has many happy customers from all over the region—it's been called one of the best poorly-kept secrets in town. Although there have been several changes to the store and its operations in recent years (computerized inventory system, "Grandparents Day" every Tuesday, weekly Clothes Buying Day on Wednesdays), a conscious effort is made to remember and recognize the origins of our success.
Lenae and Tony are proud to carry forward the traditions, values, and ideals established by Mona and fostered by Sharon: putting customers first, offering quality merchandise at a fair price, having a family-friendly shopping environment, and making a positive contribution to the community in which we live, work, and play.