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Betsy Smith

Betsy Smith

Betsy is originally from Illinois, where she earned a BS in Education and spent many years as an elementary teacher before relocating to Michigan in 1991. Subsequent occupations included Vocational Rehab Counselor, Career Development Facilitator, and Vocational Services Supervisor. It was in the mid 90’s that eBay was booming and Betsy built an eBay customer base for plus size clothing.

In 2006, after a job loss & job dissatisfaction, Betsy decided to become an entrepreneur, and opened Bella Grande. It took off immediately and now is widely recognized for its quality merchandise and huge selection for plus size women.

Betsy is married to husband, Alden, a free lance writer and technical assistant to Bella Grande. She has 3 grown sons, 5 grandchildren, one store kitty, and a mini dachshund named Bella. In her spare time, Betsy enjoys experimental cooking, creative sewing, bargain shopping, and thinking up new projects.

Betsy, along with her staff, loves getting to know her customers and their particular fashion preferences. As retail therapists and several years of experience, we have a proven track record of making our clients look their absolute stunning best, regardless of their size! See you in store!



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