Owners: Sisters Cindy Deuser and Sue Olmscheid

Headquarters: Plymouth

Namesake: The owners' hard-working grandmother, Lillian, who they say "loved people, rich black coffee and church."

First store: Opened August 2005 in Buffalo, Minn.

Total stores: By the end of April, 28 stores in seven states -- Minnesota (17), Wisconsin (5), Iowa (2), North Dakota (1), Texas (1), Colorado, (1), Illinois (1).

Total sales: $3.33 million in 2008

Average sales per store: $359,377

Source: Lillians Shoppes, LLC