When Jill Morgan-Meek opened her shop in downtown Oneonta, she wanted to offer something beyond consignment shopping. She tried to provide thrift prices with a boutique feel and hipness and service level found in "The City." Jill brought a keen eye for fashion and a sensibility of someone who loved a good bargain and rolled in so much more: the roles of personal shopper, personal stylist, and image consultant. And after just two years in business, Transitions Boutique recognized as one of the top three consignment shops. The shop soon evolved into an online version called Shop Jill's, which set the stage for something even more significant for small businesses and stores.
Like millions of businesses worldwide, Jill’s boutique forced to close its doors to the public because of COVID-19. During her time at home, she realized this unique time could be an opportunity to reflect and refocus her professional life – a time to pivot. So, Jill took her expertise in small business, community engagement, image consulting, and more and found a way to offer those services to the WORLD - one small business at a time.
She is launching Big Thinkers, LLC, a Marketing Agency for small businesses.
Another part of this pivot was the realization that to properly focus on her new venture helping small businesses of all types better market themselves, and she could not devote the hours needed to run a brick and mortar store where Jill is the only full-time staff. So, she is making the difficult announcement that she is closing the doors to the consignment shop.
“I learned so much being a businesswoman in downtown Oneonta, and the customers, neighbors, fellow business owners, and others were an inspiration to me, and many become dear friends,” Jill said,
With over 25 successful years of experience in Business Development, Jill has worked on events drawing more than 500,000 attendees with more than $3million in economic benefit to the area and contributed an annual sponsorships sales average of $500,000 $750,00 and now the clear understanding of a small business owner, she launched ShopJills.com. A virtual Marketplace for Small Businesses.