Business: Sun Seekers

Location: 751 Asbury Ave., Ocean City

Owners: Lynne, 49, and David, 51, Cates, of Ocean City

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Employees: 3

Phone: 609-399-1640

Sun Seekers carries a lot of clothing lines such as Tommy Bahama and Spartina 449. We carry a lot of swimwear and sportswear and funwear for women, and we have a little something for everyone.

We wanted to bring more of a resort and casual wear shop to the city for people who are on vacation.

We carry Tori Richards, which is more of a resort line from Hawaii, very casual. That includes dresses, tops, fun prints and skirts.

People are coming from all over and we want to offer them something a little different to bring home with them.

Another line that's a little bit more updated with beautiful prints and color in dresses and tops is out of Florida. Frank Lyman is a dress company in Canada, with different designs and an excellent fit.

Spartina is an accessory line, from an island off the Carolinas, and includes handbags, bangle bracelets and scarves with interesting and well-liked prints.

We just rebuilt the store because of the hurricane, and want to take it to the next level. Now it looks pretty, like you're in a resort.

The store is bright, colorful and cheerful.

We've turned a bad penny into something good. It wasn't on our plan, with three kids headed for college, but we decided to go for it since we're part of the town.

Entry: I worked for the previous owners for nine years when it was called Sylvia's. My parents were here and I had a summer job here when I was 18.

Eventually, after I came back full time and worked eight or nine years, I asked them to let me buy the building and the business.

My husband has an excellent wood-fired pizza restaurant, Piccini, on West Avenue, so if we can't clothe you, we can feed you.

The future: We hope to add some different pieces to the store to make it a better shopping experience and more unique. We're hoping to extend our season and bring new things to town.

We've got a good customer following. I think with the investment, I'm in it for at least another 20 years.

Business editor Kevin Post


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