1 goddess of STUFF
After 17 years in retail, Sloane Simmons is proud to co-own an award-winning store - STUFF - with her sister, Casey Simmons. STUFF has stretched the boundaries of traditional galleries and retail stores, is recognized as one of the top stores in the country for selling handmade arts, is one of the top small businesses in Kansas City, has been honored for ethical practices, and is known for investing in the local community. It continues to humble them both when these awards are given, because STUFF doesn’t strive for awards - they strive to operate an outstanding business, and to feel good about running a business that is judged on merits beyond financial success.
Sloane has experience in serving on not-for-profit boards and their committees. For eight years, she served on the board of the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and she ended her time there as a two-term president of the board. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Kansas City Free Health Clinic and is their Board President. The Chancellor's Advisory Board to the Women's Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is another current responsibility in which she holds a position as Board President. She has recently joined the executive committee of the Friends of Art Council at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Sloane and her family raise money year round for the AIDS Service Foundation and the AIDS service organizations they directly fund by staying involved in the year-long fundraising activities of AIDS Walk Kansas City. In addition, Sloane has served on special event fundraising committees for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kansas and Western Missouri, The Coterie Theatre, YouthFriends and The Women's Employment Network.
Sloane holds the honor of being one of the 2012 Rising Stars of Philanthropy, an award bestowed by NonProfit Connect in Kansas City.
Community involvement has been a keystone in Sloane’s life and in the life of her business. She is 48 years old and is a graduate of the Kansas City, Missouri, school district. She was a political and business consultant for over a decade before her entreprenurial spirit lead her into retail with her sister. She resides in midtown Kansas City with her husband, her son and their dog.