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Local Couple’s Second Act

Could lead to new entrepreneur’s first

      Don and Mo Walker aren’t riding off into the sunset the day they retire.

      The owners of Spice Island Wicker in Owings want to work hand-in-hand training the next owner of the wicker furniture import company.

      To keep the business in Calvert County for their nine employees, the couple is seeking an entrepreneur to follow in their footsteps.

       And they’re offering plenty of incentive.

         “The new owner does not need to have the capital or experience in the importing and wholesale business,” Don Walker says. “We will train them, working side by side with them for at least six months before turning over the company.”

         “Ideally, we are looking for someone in their mid-30s or 40s,” he adds. “They must be a college graduate or possess a lot of small business management experience and be willing to put in the time. They should appreciate the unlimited upside potential of this deal and be filled with the entrepreneurial spirit.”

         Started in 1987 in a barn in Clinton, Spice Island moved to Owings in 1994. More than 90 percent of the company’s sales are online through internet retailers like Wayfair.

         Potential new owners needn’t worry about being left on their own after training. Don Walker plans on continuing to work on his passion: designing new wicker products for the company.

         Think owning and operating a wicker retailer may be a dream come true? If so, call Don Walker at 410-257-1302.