Local entrepreneurs win spots to sell in Gateway Mall

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Gateway Mall's competition called "Challenge: Battle of the Pop-Up" named two winners from Lincoln. The entrepreneurs will have the mall as their business's second location starting November 1.

Sarah Mullins owns Feya Candle Company. Her small business in the Haymarket sells candles, and each purchase provides at least one meal for a child around the world. Her goal is to provide 10,000 meals in the next few months.

"This opportunity with Gateway is definitely going to allow us to get a lot closer to that goal and involve our customers more directly in how we give," Mullins said.

The second winner, Hayley Stemper, launched her small business three years ago as a sophomore in high school. H.flynn designs offers custom, stylish Husker and collegiate gear, accessories and other apparel.

"I'm truly grateful for Gateway to allow this opportunity for local businesses. And I think it's an amazing way to grow local companies," Stemper said.

Both women were chosen based on business strategy, creativity and profitability. Other requirements included having a business license and the ability to operate during mall hours.

Gateway Mall Marketing Director Becky Sidles says, "These young entrepreneurs who are looking to make their dreams come true...and we can give them that opportunity, which isn't always accessible."