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Alabama’s ‘Sock Queen’ weaves entrepreneurial vision into family business

FORT PAYNE, Alabama – It’s been a big year for Gina Locklear and her Alabama-made socks.

The Fort Payne native and her business have turned heads across the U.S., first as a winner of domestic guru Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards and later as the subject of a New York Times feature which dubbed her “The Sock Queen of Alabama.”

All the publicity has raised the profile of Locklear and her two lines of socks, Zkano and Little River Sock Mill, attracting new customers and demand that has led to a nearly 200 percent increase in this year’s sales.

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