December 27, 2011 12:00 AM
Olathe Glass and Home Decor got its start in 1977 when Rebecca Shipley was 6 months old. Her father, Conrad Schroeder, was laid off from his Kansas City area job and was unable to find a new job quickly. So he decided to look for a business to buy. On the day he looked for businesses for sale in The Kansas City Star, only two were available for purchase -- a patent company and a glass company. His wife, Jacque Schroeder, cast the winning vote for Olathe Glass because "glass breaks. It's more consumable," Shipley says.