Hartmann got the idea while recuperating from surgery several years ago. During her time at home, Hartmann saw Hayle flourish. “She came out of her shell,” Hartmann says. To help Hayle continue to thrive, Hartmann decided to leave her 9-to-5 and start her own business and bring Hayle with her. She launched The Attic—an antique shop and home decor store in Nixa—in 2016. As she watched Hayle help clean and organize the store, The Attic’s selection of clothing grew in popularity, so Hartmann decided to launch Nixa Clothing Co., house it inside The Attic and gift the business to Hayle.
Hayle can’t manage the books, but that doesn’t stop her from playing an active role in the shop. She helps select new inventory, gathers items for online orders, arranges displays and is a wiz at folding the shop’s selection of leggings. “You’d want her to make your bed,” Hartmann says. “She makes hers with hospital corners.”
With Hayle helping select inventory, the Clothing Co. is stocked with graphic tees, accessories, denim, blouses, dresses and pants. Most items swing between comfortable and casual but can be quickly dressed up with the right accessories. But the real steal is the peace of mind the shop brings Hartmann, who sees the store as Hayle’s economic lifeline. “We want to make sure she will be provided for the rest of her life after we’re gone,” Hartmann says. “That’s really where all of this was born.”