If there was ever any doubt that Scheels would draw shoppers to other stores at Shiloh Crossing, just ask Becky Salyer. When she moved her Bumps 'n’ Bundles store to Shiloh Crossing last October, Salyer was pleasantly surprised at the reception.
“About 40 percent of our traffic is people who were at Scheels, and they say, ‘I wasn’t aware of this place. But I saw your sign so I thought I’d check you out.’”
Bumps ‘n Bundles specializes in maternity clothes, outfits for infants and toddlers, toys and accessories. In 2015, Salyer purchased and rebranded the former Ca-Layla store in downtown Billings. After a few months in business, she thought about expanding, and decided that a West End location best fit her plans.
Salyer has 10 years experience managing retail stores. She worked at Victoria’s Secret, and the Crazy 8 store that she managed in Rimrock Mall ranked among the chain’s top 100 stores in the nation.
When her daughter, Juliette, was born, Salyer decided that her career needed a change of pace.
“I decided I had to slow down a bit. I wanted my evenings with her, and retail hours were hard because the store closed at 10 p.m.”
Juliette, who is now 2-1/2, enjoys accompanying her mother to the store each day. Bumps ‘n Bundles has a kids’ corner to keep the young ones occupied while their mothers are shopping.
Salyer will likely make three buying trips this year searching for new merchandise.
"You have to decide how it’s going to work for the Billings market, and the weather," she said. "You also have to watch and make sure it’s something fresh. I try to pick things that moms pick for their kids."
What’s the biggest challenge you face in your job? Remembering to take time for myself. It is easy to spend every spare minute I have as a working mom on my kids or on my business.
What’s the best business advice you have received? Hire people that are smarter than you. I had a manager tell me that once and it clicked. When you hire people that can do things differently or better than you would, it sheds a new light on things and your brand/business becomes better faster
Who gave you that advice? My district manager, Joy Vance, when I worked at Victoria’s Secret.
Here’s what I’d like to do to improve my community: I would love to help empower women and specifically moms within our community by helping them to believe in themselves, help them know they don’t have to do it all alone or be perfect, but that they are valuable and wonderful just as they are, whether they are the CEO of a huge corporation, a stay at home mom, or a server at a local restaurant.
Outside of work, my biggest passion is: My family and photography. I actually went to school for photography at MSU in Bozeman. I love capturing little moments in people’s lives that they want to remember for generations.
Which living person do you most admire? CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, and my wonderful loving husband, John Salyer
Aside from profit and loss, how do you measure success in your job? Through energy… whether my staff's energy or our customers' energy, you can tell a lot about a business by how you feel when you walk in.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My greatest achievement is getting to spend everyday with Juliette. But I would say professionally, my greatest achievement was being able to expand my business after only being open for a year.
I’m happiest when I’m… connecting with customers.