Sue Moyo's face lit up with a smile as she cut the ribbon during the recent Newton Chamber ribbon cutting at her new business. The opening of her clothing store was the fulfillment of her dream and the culmination of a long journey for her family.
Moyo, who originally is from Zimbabwe, opened her new store March 1 at 610 N. Main. She said she likes the location downtown and hopes customers will stop by the store and take a look.
"I'm hoping that it will flourish," she said of her business.
Moyo said her family decided to leave Zimbabwe due to political unrest. Her husband studied in the pastoral program at Hesston College and is now one of the pastors at Whitestone Mennonite Church. Moyo had to be apart from her husband 3 1/2 years before she was able to join him.
"It was hard," she said. "It was a big celebration when we made it."
In many ways, Moyo's new shop brings her career "full circle." She studied clothing design in college and was involved in the industry when she lived in Africa, but then she worked as a CNA in the United States. However, she dreamed of opening her own clothing shop here.
"I decided to go back to what I've been doing," she said.
The shop offers clothing "for the whole family," Moyo said — men/women's, children's and infant's, as well as purses and accessories.
"I pick what I think is nice," she said. "I like to put in a variety of different things and different styles."
She has enjoyed getting to know the Newton community and raising her family here. Her son is a freshman at Hesston College and her daughter is in eighth grade at Chisholm Middle School.
"I've liked it," she said of the Newton area. "It's peaceful."
The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Call 804-7170 for more information.