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Marri Anderson was unimpressed with the clothing available on the market. She wanted something different for her daughter and, like many moms before her, she did something about it. That something became Little Luca, a kids clothing like, reports Minnetonka Patch.

“I thought it would be a fun way for her to have cute, unique things and it also saved me money,” Anderson said. “I began giving gifts and selling things to family and friends and I have grown into a real business.”

Named for her children, Luke, 6, and Caden, 4, Anderson runs Little Luca out of her Minnetonka home. Using Facebook , by hosting trunk shows in the area, and by networking through the group Red Shandelier, the business has quickly amassed a following among other area moms.

“The designs are unique and whimsical…you can tell that behind each item is a great deal of thought planning, and execution,” said customer Elizabeth Hopfenspirger.

And as her business grows, this stay-at-home mom is bringing in money, even in this tough economy.

“For me it has been great because it does supplement our income, I work at home and set my own schedule and it is something that I enjoy,” she said.

So what does the future hold for this Minnetonka fashion designer?

“My next goal is to try to get my line in some local boutiques,” Anderson said. “I currently make everything myself, but I would love for someday to be able to do the designing and sample making and have help with the production.”

Photo from Little Luca

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Originally posted by Angela Shupe on December 3, 2010 in Ideas.

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