July 13, 2018
When Heather Mergen was a girl growing up in Mitchell, SD, it always was a big deal when the J.C. Penney catalog showed up in the mail. The catalog pages—along with a pair of scissors—provided hours of entertainment as she designed hypothetical houses for imaginary clients.
The catalog would include page after page of bedding, and young Heather would pick out her favorite colors and print. When she first began, however, Heather didn’t realize her work could be a career.
“I didn’t realize at first it could actually turn into a profession,” Heather says.