Hayley's designs

Hayley Stamper (center) sits with her boyfriend, Austin Reed, and co-worker Karissa Cooper as they cut out words for h.flynn design shirts in 2016 at Cooper's house. 

Journal Star file photo

A women's clothing store and a candle shop will get six months of free rent at Gateway Mall after winning The Challenge: Battle of the Pop-Up.

Mall officials announced on Tuesday that h.flynn and Feya Candle Company will open at the mall Nov. 1.

H.Flynn, which will be in an inline retail space next to American Eagle, is a store offering custom apparel and accessories for girls and women, including T-shirts, tanks, hoodies, trucker hats, bleacher seats, blankets, towels, duffel bags, and Nebraska and high school gear.

"I am so thankful that we were chosen to be a new store in Gateway,” h.flynn owner Hayley Stamper said in a news release. “The whole h.flynn team is very excited for this new adventure and I feel very fortunate for the amazing team at Gateway who has taken time out of their day to help us grow our company."

The other winner, Feya Candle Company, will occupy a kiosk spot in the mall's center court area.

The business offers soy candles in a variety of scents.

Sarah Mullins, the owner of Feya Candle Company, said she was "ecstatic and completely honored" to have been chosen as one of the contest winners.

“As a longtime resident of Lincoln, I feel extremely privileged to be a part of a space that has been such a big part of our city," Mullins said in a news release. "Running a micro-business can be very daunting and the opportunity to share our products with the shoppers of Gateway Mall is going to allow us the reach we've been hoping for."

In addition to free rent, the two stores also get free utilities and use of existing fixtures in their spaces through April 30.

Gateway was one of  four malls owned by Starwood Retail Partners participating in the contest.

Reach the writer at 402-473-2647 or molberding@journalstar.com.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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