The Origins of Stride Retail: From Quilting Passion to Business Innovation

May 31, 2024 by
The Origins of Stride Retail: From Quilting Passion to Business Innovation
Stride Retail, Nate Elwood

Today I get to tell you a story, our story.  The story of how Stride was started and why we do what we do.  As with all good stories, we’re going to start at the beginning. Our journey began in a humble quilting store, where the seeds of inspiration were planted by a passionate store owner—our founder's mother. Growing up in this environment, our founder learned the intricacies of running a small business, soaking up the lessons from watching his mom navigate the challenges and joys of the quilting industry.

A Personal Journey

After college, our founder took on the role of managing a quilting store and retreat center in northern Utah. It was here that he and his wife also started their own business, laser cutting quilt applique kits. This experience highlighted the need for a comprehensive software solution tailored to the unique demands of small retail businesses. However, finding a software that could do what was needed was a true challenge. Frustrated by the lack of an all-encompassing software to manage operations effectively, he decided to create his own solution.

Through years of hard work, trial and error, and invaluable learning, Stride Retail was born. Initially designed with the needs of quilting and sewing stores at the forefront, Stride Retail evolved into a robust and complete software solution that helps businesses thrive both in-store and online.  Stride helps businesses of all types and sizes, Retail, B2B, D2C, and so many more.

The Power of Partnership

Stride Retail’s foundation was strengthened by the collaboration between two business-minded friends who shared a common vision. Their passion for helping small and medium-sized businesses grow was the driving force behind Stride. They believed that effective business management software should not be a luxury only large companies can afford.

Our guiding principle is simple yet powerful: provide businesses with the tools they need to grow, simplify their operations, and avoid the headache of managing multiple, often incompatible, software systems. Stride Retail embodies this principle by offering an integrated, user-friendly solution that caters to the diverse needs of various industries.

Why "Stride Retail"?

The name "Stride Retail" symbolizes our commitment to helping businesses take confident and intentional steps forward. Just as a stride represents progress and movement, our software aims to propel businesses towards greater efficiency and success. 

Stride Retail is more than just a software solution; it's a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit, the power of partnership, and the belief that every business deserves the chance to succeed. Whether you’re a small boutique or a growing retail chain, Stride Retail is here to support your journey and help you achieve your business goals.

Looking to the future

From its humble beginnings in a quilting store to becoming a comprehensive business management solution, Stride Retail has always been about passion, innovation, and growth. Our journey is a reflection of our commitment to empowering businesses with the tools they need to thrive. With Stride Retail, take confident steps towards a brighter, more efficient future.

The Origins of Stride Retail: From Quilting Passion to Business Innovation
Stride Retail, Nate Elwood May 31, 2024
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