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When Debi Pierson learned of an opportunity to finally operate a toy shop of her own, she knew a bank was unlike to lend her money.

Pierson saw potential to buy the inventory of a Franklin store that was going out of business and move it to a new location that needed renovation, but she didn’t have enough money for the project, so she asked family members for help.

And now, she is focusing on sales, sales and more sales to pay them back.

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