After a year off the busy Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida, Bill was able to convince wealthy orange grove owner and real estate owner, Jerry Chicone, to rent him a 1,600-square-foot store at 435 Park Avenue South. The impact was a huge increase in retail sales.
With this move, Bill acquired an advertising specialties business from Tom Bonneville and expanded it into a retail operation. Bill sold over 100,000 items that could be personalized for businesses, clubs, and more. Business #9.
Bill’s biggest advertising specialties client was Disney. Bill sold all of the Do Not Disturb signs and shower caps used in the original hotels at Walt Disney World.
To expand on Park Avenue, Bill needed some money. With the support of dear old Dad, Bill borrowed $10,000 from Sun First National Bank. He did manage to repay it.
A fabulous cartoonist, West Reid, did the artwork for The Wear-House.
The business had a number of products that schools could sell for fundraising projects.