Creating a Path to Independence 
for Persons with Disabilities
Frances Center 
for Customized Employment, Inc.
225-755-0990

ENTREPRENEURSHIP SEMINAR

​At FCCE, we provide space and support for our clients to operate their very own stores within our AbiliMall so they experience self-employment and earn a living!  
Check out their bios below then come by and check out their shops!  You will be glad you did!!  


​click on this link to see some of our entrepreneurs in action!
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Power Tool Basics-- learning the lingo... "righty, tighty, lefty, loosey"  A great life lesson to be learned here!! 

The Holm Depot is owned an operated by brothers, Ryan and Shane.  As you see in the picture above, these brothers along with a classmate are hard at work making really great stuff for their store!  The brothers enjoy making home decor items as well as some unique jewelry pieces for your delight!  Right now, their store has a GREAT selection of Christmas decor and fun items for all your holiday celebrations!  Check them out soon!  
Brad's Buys is owned and operated by a great guy named, yep, you guessed it-- Brad!!  Brad is quick with a smile and a hardy "Welcome to Finds&Fixes" when you walk in the door!  Brad enjoys the freedom that being self-employed means as he can set his own hours to come in and work in his store!  While at FCCE, Brad has a real knack for repairing items that are donated to the store.  Brad has a quick eye for bargains and quality items that come in the door.  Recently, Brad added a local interior decorator to his list of partners of Brad's Buys, so you will find some REALLY nice home decor items in his store where folks have simply changed their home around and Brad's new partner sees to it that the items they are replacing end up in Brad's Buys!  I know I love shopping at his store!  
Ashley's NicNacs and Paddiwacs is owned and operated by our artist in residence- Ashley!  Ashley enjoys painting and drawing some very unique anime art items!  I am still learning a ton about this interesting art!  Ashley also really enjoys creating jewelry and original pieces for her store.  What else will you find in Ashley's store?  Well, she has such a "nac" at bringing in some of the most unique items I have ever seen!  She has found some lovely vintage depression glass items, some mint-condition vintage "old-school" board games, beautiful art works by artist such as Andrew Wyeth, custom made Mardi Gras style parasols (you really have to see these guys!) and her very own original art.  You will always find something in her store that is some-kinda-different!!  
Stephen loves being a "Business Man" and operating his store, aptly named 
Stephen's Stuff!  
Stephen does a great job and takes great pride in keeping his store neat and shopper-friendly!  In this store you will find some really great buys that will rival prices, dare I say, anywhere!!  Stephen's Stuff has become a favorite store with some of our shoppers looking for vintage jewelry and very cool furniture pieces!  I never know what Stephen will bring in the door next!  Just this week, he brought in a very cool unique wicker porch rocker that has already become a favorite spot for shoppers to take a quick break from their shopping!  But I'm sure it won't last long!  Stephen always has several furniture pieces for sale and at the very best prices in town!  Come on by and give Stephen a big 'thumbs-up' when you snag a great buy from Stephen's Stuff!  
Pet Grooming!!  Not only do our store owners provide some really great items... one of our newest entrepreneurs can now offer you great service for your pet!!  Sammie is our resident pet groomer-in-training and has just opened her doors for her very own grooming salon right here at FCCE!!  She currently offers a range of services for your pet from basic baths/brushouts to basic full grooming!  No need to worry that your pet will get 'student-quality' work as Sammie is closely supervised by our Dog Grooming 101 instructor- Professional groomer with 20+ years from privately owned K9Kare, Inc.right here in BR.  In fact, our instructor has been gradually closing her shop and is proud to recommend Sammie to all her clients!  "Sammie has a soft, sweet touch with pets and I honestly see her being very successful in her own shop!"  What you will find with Sammie's grooming is grooming with the quality to rival local groomers but at a fraction of the price!!  So don't pay those high salon prices!  Support this young entrepreneur and get a great looking hair-cut for your pet!!  Call FCCE 755-0990 to schedule an appoinment with Sammie for grooming!  Almost forgot.. coming soon.. Sammie will offer some really great home made doggie treats and doggie accessories for your pup to look and snack his very best!!  
CHECK BACK VERY SOON FOR BIOS AND PICTURES FROM OUR NEWEST STORE OWNERS!  THEY ARE WORKING HARD RIGHT NOW TO GET THEIR NEW STORES OPEN!  GREAT THINGS CAN HAPPEN WHEN YOU DECIDE TO TAKE CONTOL OF YOUR OWN DESTINY AND JOIN THE WORLD OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERSHIP BY OPENING YOUR OWN SHOP!!  SNEAK PEAK OF COMING SHOPS WILL INCLUDE FURNITURE REFINISHING, GRAPHICS SERVICES, LAWN SERVICES AND MORE VENDORS RIGHT INSIDE OUR FINDS&FIXES THRIFT/GIFT STORE!  CALL FCCE TODAY TO INQUIRE ABOUT SELF-EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES!  
Jess’ Dream Shoppe- is owned and operated by Jess. From the moment you enter the store Jess is sure to greet you with a friendly smile and offer to show you around. Jess loves to paint and spend time in his booth arranging all his awesome items. Jess’s Dream Shoppe is a great place to shop for home décor and wall hangings. But don’t worry, Jess didn’t forget the kids! His shop is a favorite spot for the kids to stop by because he always keeps his shop well stocked with toy cars. For great deals on great items, come stop by Jess’ Dream Shoppe at ‘Finds and Fixes Thrift and Gift Store’.
Big D’s Little Town Treasure- is owned and operated by Donovan, our resident Spanish speaker. He is famous for giving a big bright “hola” when he meets you. He loves to repurpose wood furniture and has been spending his time getting his shop ready for you to come do plenty of shopping. The rocker in his picture is his first large project. Donovan weaved the seat and backing of this chair to restore it and make it functional again! You can come by D’s town treasures to find all kinds of woodwork projects for all your home needs. 
Nate’s Novelty Nook- If you arrive at FCCE and there is a smell of spray paint in the air, don’t be alarmed, it’s Nate- owner of Nate’s Novelty Nook!! He has taken to the art of spray painting and will paint anything he can get ahold to!! But his real talent is in his original alphabet drawings! With a different animal for each letter, Nate is using his images to create quite a line of kid’s décor and other items. Nate has recently placed several of his original kids items featuring his alphabet animals at the Pink Pelican Art Gallery in the Bocage area. Nate also has quite the knack for computer graphics as demonstrated in one of his ads featured here. If you are looking for a completely unique, personalized item for your home or for a gift for a friend, be sure to stop in and chat with Nate and see what he can create for you!!  CHECK  OUT NATE AT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/NATE.HAUSMANN  
Michael and Friends- The very center booth at FCCE is now occupied by the friendliest guy you will ever meet and the name of his store is completely accurate as Michael makes a friend of every person he crosses paths with! Michael absolutely loves baking and all things in the kitchen! He is also developing quite the talent at refinishing furniture! He can literally sand the top off a table! He never tires at his work and his incredible worker often has to remind him to take a break or stop for lunch. Michael is doing a super job of developing a network of donation sponsors for his booth and the quality and uniqueness of his inventory is testimony to just how special Michael is to his friends! Another talent that you will enjoy of Michael’s if you are shopping around lunchtime, is his passion for singing! He loves singing with Jo and can often be caught hanging around Jo right after lunch just waiting for her to break out in song! And yes, the two of them have been known to take requests!! Stop in to Michael and Friends and you will leave FCCE with some beautiful finds as well as a new friend!  
Funky Junk- If the owner of Funky Junk looks familiar, that’s because it’s Ally, daughter of FCCE director, Jo!! Ally is our newest vendor here at FCCE, but has been around the longest! Since coming on board full-time, Ally has taken to the working life quite naturally, but we knew she would since it is literally in her genes!! Funky Junk is an interesting menagerie of Ally’s original artwork, repurposed creations and some really cool finds from local auctions. Ally loves visiting auction houses with her mom and has been known to pick out some pretty cool items to resale in her booth! So, you truly never know what you will find tucked away in her Funky Junk!! Check out her current offerings from some of the most unique Christmas ornaments! Ally loves running the check-out register as well. But be warned if you are still shopping at 4:45, Ally looks forward to her daily task of shutting off the store lights and may sometimes leave you in the dark! Just assure her that you have not finished shopping in Funky Junk and she will cut them right back on for you!!