When I first started The Black Daisy Boutique I worked tons of vendor events where I would set up a booth with clothing to try to grow my business. A lot of times I spent a lot more time googling things like, “Does la llorona steal children over the age of 15″ and “How do I lighten my armpits with a home remedy” than I did actually selling clothes. One of my favorite things about doing events was getting to meet other entrepreneurs. Most of the time the other entrepreneurs at these events were women and there was never a day that I didn’t feel in my element.
That’s how I met my very first boutique sister; Ragen Polansky. From my booth I saw a spunky redhead with gorgeous blue eyes and her laughter literally was the first thing that made me notice her. Being the girl that I am I walked over to her and the rest is history! We have done many events together, shared some wine, butted heads, tried failed business ventures, and most importantly we have created a boutique sisterhood where we do the dang thing together. We have watched each other’s boutiques grow and I would love for you to love her the way I love chips and queso. A lot; that means a lot. Here’s a little about the woman behind The Lemon Grove Boutique!
Why did you choose your boutique name and what does it mean to you?
I chose my name based on the lemon groves in Sorrento, Italy. My husband and I honeymooned there, and inside of those huge lemon groves, it is like a different world where everything seems a little more beautiful. It really was paradise to me!
What is your purpose as a business owner?
My goal as a business owner is to design my own life and live by my own rules. I also want to focus on supporting the community that supports me.
What is the most common misconception people have of you as a boutique owner? That it’s easy! Building a boutique is like an iceberg. People only see that you post cute clothes on Facebook, but they don’t see all the behind the scenes work that goes along with it.
When you hear the words “empowering women” what does that mean to you? And do you feel you play a role in that?
Empowering women means to lift them up instead of putting them down like so many women do. Women have enough ground to make up in life without other women knocking them down too. At the end of the day, it’s all about just being kind. While I always make an effort to be kind to people, I sometimes forget that what I do empowers women. That seems like such a bold statement to make about myself. But then a woman will tell me just how much they needed that good outfit to help them get over a break up, or to raise their self-esteem, or make them feel like themselves after having a baby… and I realize that in my own small way, I am empowering women.
Anything else you want people to know about you and your boutique?
Lemon Grove Boutique is all about the hard-working, girl bossing, wine drinking woman. We work hard, have fun, and try to do our part to make the world a little brighter.
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You can also find her at The Vibe in Mcgregor, Texas!
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Ragen; thank you for being part of this series! You are my favorite red head and I hope the world can gain something good from your words!
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