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Retail store Stash for sale as a going concern

A businesswoman and entertainer who recently gave birth to her fourth child has realised a need to step back a little from her business life.

She is now looking for a buyer for her city retail store, Stash, that specialises in a variety of health products and women’s essentials, such as lipstick and other cosmetics.

Demeka Tacklyn, known to a counterculture audience in Bermuda as the reggae and soca artist Tiny T, also operates a wholesale business and the Court Street clothing store Street Vybez.

Blessed with a baby girl ten days before Christmas, Ms Tacklyn knew something had to give.

Stash has spent much time since then shuttered, except on the occasion her son was available.

She said: “This store is a great opportunity for someone to get into business. I’ve had a wonderful time with it. I’m happy to say that Washington Mall Properties have been great, and they were willing to work with me.

“I’ve grown a lot in business and learnt a lot through their help.

“They helped me grow into a better businesswoman. I’ve come a long way.

“And I’ll help whoever takes over here, wherever I can.”

“I still remember the days before, as a young entrepreneur carrying bags on my back as I walked up and down the football field selling what I had, with two children in tow.”

Stash stocks herbs such as sage and other health and speciality items.

But after several years on the second floor of Washington Mall, she still finds that among her bestsellers is the honey with horny goat weed, the plant with a reputation for multiple health benefits, including aphrodisiac qualities.

She said: ”It revitalises your body, providing multiple benefits. Men love it and can’t get enough of it.

“We emphasise natural products, sourced from Africa, India and China. I find products that have been proven over thousands of years, and bring them to Bermuda. I’ve been to China five times.

”Stash is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to work for themselves, open and close their own door, make their own time and make their own money.”

Stepping back from Stash because of her new bundle of joy is not the first time Tiny T has had to pivot in life.

Her entrepreneurship began as a teenager, selling popcorn, and closing her first major deal with Lindo’s Devonshire to provide them with the product for their customers.

Once she saw the demand for her popcorn, she went from retail to wholesale, quickly.

“I was selling it to customers. Then I also had an agreement with Lindo’s.

“From there, I went to Hamilton Marketplace, and when I looked, I was in 30 locations islandwide.

“People also knew me from performing on stage. But the music business is challenging. We didn’t just do cover songs. We did original songs.

“Just the other day we sent one out and shared it all over Facebook.

“But being in the corporate world is far more beneficial to me. It is very challenging in music in general, and more so in Bermuda.”

“Music is great, but I realised I needed to be in the business world, and by then I was used to working for myself.

“I’ve had Stash for six years. But now I have to take care of my little girl. I have to give her a little more of my undivided attention.”

For information, call 777-8073 or e-mail demekawholesale@gmail.com

Up for sale: Demeka Tacklyn, aka entertainer Tiny T, is the owner of the Washington Mall store Stash, which is up for sale (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published July 07, 2022 at 7:57 am (Updated July 07, 2022 at 7:57 am)

Retail store Stash for sale as a going concern

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