New to the Buying Team: Ashley!

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Introducing: Ashley!

Hi everyone! We are just hopping on real quick once again to welcome another new member to our buying team, Ashley Warren.  Ashley recently graduated from the University of Missouri (Mizzou) in December 2018 with a degree in Textile and Apparel Management.   Mizzou is located fairly close to our Home Office location, which is why we have such a great relationship with their program!  Ashley is from Springfield, Missouri so she recently made the move a few hours Northeast to the STL area!

Here is a picture of Ashley posing near the Eiffel Tower while she was interning abroad in Paris, France!

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Ashley is ready to take on new responsibilities by accepting this buying position at Glik’s. She is currently the buyer of Women’s Accessories and Prep Clothing.  She is looking forward to exploring the STL area and learning about the buying process and the world of retail. She’s also excited about learning more in depth detail about relevant brands we buy and working closely with vendors, specifically Kendra Scott!

Her first few weeks working at HQ have flown by, being constantly busy getting into routine.  On her second day of the job, Ashley was even given the experience to travel to her first trade show in Atlanta, Georgia! Ashley and our CEO, Jeff Glik, met with our biggest vendor Simply Southern to discuss their new Spring line. Although she had no idea what to expect, as this was her first trade show, she had a great time and said it was so much fun!

Let’s get to know Ashley a little better….

Favorite Color: Baby Pink

Favorite Meal: BREAKFAST

Morning or Night Person?: Definitely Night

Pets: A Siamese Mix Cat named Hope! Here’s a pic of her sweet kitty,

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Hobbies: Online shopping/Thrifting on Facebook Marketplace

If she was an ice cream flavor, she would be: A Banana Milkshake with REAL cherries! The perfect subtle combo.

One goal she would like to accomplish in her lifetime: Writing a book/novel (Topic is TBD)

Fashion Icon/Inspo: 90s/Early 2000s Julia Roberts.  She gives off good vibes!

Favorite Artist: Backstreet Boys

If she could have an endless supply of any food, it would be: Ham & Cheese Hotpockets

Favorite Fashion Trend Currently: Animal/Snake Print!

We are all so excited to have Ashley on board at Glik’s HQ! We cannot wait to see how she grows with us 🙂

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New to the Buying Team: Ashley!

New to the Buying Team: Suriya!

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Introducing: Suriya!

Hello all! At the beginning of the new year, we welcomed our newest member to the buying team, Suriya Johora.  Suriya recently graduated from the University of Missouri (Mizzou) in December 2018 with a degree in Textile and Apparel Management.  She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri (which is located right outside our HQ!), so she is happy that she was able to find a job close to home!

Here is a picture of Suriya in London, England! She completed an internship abroad to prepare her for this position while also getting to travel before graduation.

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Suriya is very excited to have joined the buying team at Glik’s.  She is currently the buyer of girls, boys, and infant and toddler’s clothes! She is looking forward to getting experience, learning new things about the buying process, and meeting new people.

Her first few weeks at her new job have flown by! She has been constantly busy with shadowing other buyers and writing new orders, but she is so fortunate to have found a position that allows her to do what she is passionate about. One of the things that Suriya is looking forward to in her buying position is traveling to New York to meet with vendors of children’s clothing! Traveling is her dream and wanderlust is her motto; so she’s grateful work allows her to travel a little bit! Speaking of traveling, while Suriya was at her internship in London, she was given the chance to visit Paris, France! This was her dream travel destination, and she is ecstatic she was able to check off that part of her bucket list at such a young age.

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Let’s Get to Know Suriya A Little Better…

Hometown: Born in Bangladesh, but she moved to St. Louis when she was 7!

College: University of Missouri (Mizzou)

Major/Degree: Textile & Apparel Management

Favorite Color: Turquoise (or anything green and blue!)

Favorite Food: EVERYTHING

Pets: Unfortunately, she does not currently have a fur baby of her own, but she loves cats!

Hobbies: Traveling, Exploring, Spending time with friends & family

Fashion Icon/Inspo: Blake Lively (Let’s be honest, she always looks good)

Favorite Artist: Johnny Cash or Arctic Monkeys

Favorite Place in STL: Nudo House! (Amazing Ramen!)

Fun Fact: Fluently speaks Bengali!

Skill She Would Love to Learn: To play the guitar

Favorite Fashion Trend Currently: Anything animal print or oversized sweaters!

Fashion Trend She Hates: Shredded Sweaters or Distressed Tops

We are all so excited to have Suriya on board at Glik’s HQ! We cannot wait to see how she grows with us 🙂

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New to the Buying Team: Suriya!

New to the Buying Team: Sam!

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Introducing: Sam!

Hi everyone! We wanted to introduce you to our newest buyer and member of our team, Sam Ryner. Sam recently graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and a Marketing Minor! Sam previously worked in our Holland Boutique store in Michigan and was thrilled to hear that our Home Office was looking for a new buyer.  She decided to pack up from her home state and move down to the Midwest for this amazing opportunity to become a buyer.

Here is a picture of Sam outside of the Holland Boutique store!

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Sam is super excited to be a part of the Home Office team and still can’t believe she is living out her dream job as a fashion merchandising buyer.  She is currently our assistant buyer of women’s bottoms, women’s outerwear and women’s athletic clothes!  Sam is having so much fun learning new things each day on the job, as well as exploring her new home town of St. Louis, Missouri!

While working in one of our brick and mortar stores, Sam loved how every day was different.  Each day, there were different customers, different situations, and new clothing that arrived, so she was always on her toes. She is looking forward to working in the same fast-paced environment at home office, but now is getting to see how the process works from the other side! So far, her favorite part about working in Home Office is learning the buying process and seeing all of her work from start to finish. From picking out and buying the clothes, to sending them to the stores and being purchased by customers.  Sam said, “I am learning new things every single day and my goal is to focus on and master the categories I buy.” She also is excited about getting to meet all of her amazing coworkers, exploring a new city, and attending trade shows.

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Speaking of trade shows, a few weeks ago Sam was able to attend the largest trade show of the year in Vegas, MAGIC.  According to Sam, “MAGIC was so much more than I expected, it was huge!”  Since she was a fashion merch major, Sam had been hearing and learning about MAGIC since her Freshmen year of college. “It was so cool to have that image in my mind for the past few years, and actually becoming reality!” Her favorite part of her first show was being around SO many people with common fashion interests and being able to see and choose product that no one else has seen before.


Let’s get to know Sam a little bit better!

Hometown: Originally from Detroit, MI but now St. Louis, MO is her home.

College: Central Michigan University

Major/Degree: Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Marketing

Favorite Color: Mustard!

Favorite Food: Ice Cream

Pets: An English Bulldog named Stanley!

Go ahead and give him a follow on Instagram @stantheman0805!

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Hobbies: Workout, Read, Shop, Netflix, repeat.

Fashion Icon/Inspo: Currently, Instagram bloggers and whatever is trending!

Favorite Song: Any of Kane Brown’s music!

Dream Travel Destination: Spending a month seeing all islands of Hawaii.

Fun Fact: Sam has 1 blue eye and 1 green eye!

Skill She Would Love to Learn: Cooking! Preferably anything other than a salad 🙂

Favorite Fashion Trend Currently: Give her all the 90s vibes and grunge feels.

Fashion Trends She Hates: Wearing white socks with all black tennis shoes, tucking in your shirt without wearing a belt, wearing a bralette as a top, LOW RISE PANTS.

Once again, we are all so excited to have Sam on board at corporate office! We love her excitement and passion and we cannot wait to see how she grows with us!

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New to the Buying Team: Sam!

New to the Buying Team: Paige!

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Introducing: Paige

Hi everyone! We are so excited that our Glik’s team is constantly growing and we wanted to introduce you to our newest buyer, Paige Grimmer.  Paige recently graduated from the University of Missouri (Mizzou) with a degree in Textile Apparel Management.  She is from St. Louis, Missouri, so she is so happy that she was able to find a job closer to her hometown!

Here’s a picture of Paige outside of the Columbia, Missouri Glik’s near Mizzou’s campus!

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Paige is super excited to have landed a buying position with Glik’s.  She is currently the buyer of girls, boys, and infant and toddlers, clothes!  She is really looking forward to learning new things and tackling new responsibilities at Glik’s, especially since this is her first job right out of college. She is ready to learn and grow at Glik’s by making new friends and experiencing new opportunities.

It has been a whirlwind for Paige since she came on board a couple weeks ago.  Within her first week of the job, she was able to experience her first buying trip!  Paige and a few other buyers went to New York City, New York where she was able to get first-hand (and hands-on) experience of what her new position is all about.  Paige said she was, “sooo excited! It was so fun, but we were constantly moving; it was exhausting.”  They met with a handful of vendors during the short trip that they were progressing from one meeting to the next.

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One of the coolest things about the trip to NYC was that Paige and the buyers were able to have a few of their vendor meetings in the Empire State Building.  Everyone is always so busy in New York, so she was able to witness that as well.  Paige’s favorite thing about her first buying trip was, “having ownership of my new position at Glik’s.  It is a great feeling and so rewarding to see the buying process from start to finish.  From picking out the clothes in person in the showrooms during the vendors’ presentations, to writing my first purchase order, to seeing the clothes get delivered to the stores for customers to buy.”

Now that the business talk is aside…

let’s get to know Paige a little better!

Hometown: Originally from O’Fallon, Illinois but now St. Louis, Missouri is her home.

College: University of Missouri (Mizzou)

Major/Degree: Textile Apparel Management

Favorite Color: Yellow!

Hobbies: Trying new foods/restaurants, spending time with her friends, taking her dog on walks.

Here is a picture of her sweet pup, Bean!

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Favorite Food: Seafood

Fashion Inspo: Social media, window shopping, bloggers. All over, day to day style!

Fun Fact: During another recent trip to NYC, she ran into and met Tracy Morgan.

Skill She Would Love to Learn: Learning another language, either French or Swedish.

Dream travel destination: Greece!

We are all so excited to have Paige on board at Glik’s! We love her drive and passion, and we cannot wait to see how she grows with us!

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New to the Buying Team: Paige!