Financing biggest hurdle to employees becoming boss

NEW OWNER: Kayla Thompson is the owner of Melissa Ashley Brides in Westerly. Thompson bought her wedding dress at the bridal shop seven years ago and befriended the former owner, Denise Pellegrino, who later hired Thompson. The pair came to a “personal finance agreement” that transitioned ownership to Thompson when Pellegrino was ready to sell.
 / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN
NEW OWNER: Kayla Thompson is the owner of Melissa Ashley Brides in Westerly. Thompson bought her wedding dress at the bridal shop seven years ago and befriended the former owner, Denise Pellegrino, who later hired Thompson. The pair came to a “personal finance agreement” that transitioned ownership to Thompson when Pellegrino was ready to sell.
 / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN
When Kayla Thompson walked into Melissa Ashley Brides in Westerly in search of a wedding dress about seven years ago, she had no idea she would own that bridal shop someday. She bought a dress that day for her wedding and befriended the owner, Denise Pellegrino, who later hired Thompson. After running the shop for…

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