Hinge

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I met the amazing Kristy Hill like I met so many of my entrepreneur friends; at a vendor event!  I signed up for an event at the Baylor Club in Waco, Texas.  Little did I know that this is kind of a snazzy joint.  So as I was sweating and hauling my Black Daisy Boutique goodness up and down that elevator to set up my booth I noticed the people next to me seemed to have their life a little more together.  I was probably in sweat pants and a t-shirt because setting up booths is a workout! I can literally hear Richard Simmons every time I set up a booth.  You don’t know who that is?  Well either I’m old or you’ve been under a rock! Sorry squirrel moment.I watched Kristy as she meticulously placed every single item of hers as so.  I watched her change her displays over and over again until she was completely satisfied.  I on the other hand was slinging stuff because my main objective was more like HOW CAN I MAKE THIS CRAP FIT!  I drive a 4-door sedan so there’s no glorious display for The Black Daisy ever.  I make up for the lack of amazing displays with my crazy Rainbow Bright personality.  Or at least that’s what I like to tell myself.  Don’t crush my dreams.

We quickly started up a conversation and she could never get rid of me after that.  I’ve watched her open her GORGEOUS storefront and although she’s been around for a while in the business world I’m still so proud of her.  Meet Kristy ya’ll… she’s a peach!

Why did you choose your boutique name and what does it mean to you?

I chose my name because I was sharing space at Spice Village with a friend. We wanted our stuff to compliment each other. A hinge is two pieces working together.

What is your purpose as a business owner?

My purpose as a business owner is to provide a unique shopping experience to my customers. I want to have a business I can be proud of and that people will remember. I have always dreamed of having my own business so for me that is a dream come true. I have worked hard to get here and couldn’t be more proud.

What is the biggest misconception customers have about you as a boutique owner?

Most common misconception people have of me as a boutique owner is I would say they probably think it’s easy. I think people in general think having your own business would be the best thing ever and easy! I love what I do but it is tough!

When you hear the words “empowering women” what does that mean to you? And do you feel you play a role in it?

“Empowering women” in my opinion is vital to our future! I want my daughter to feel she can do anything she puts her mind to. I feel women have worked their asses off in history to get us to where we are today! I appreciate everything they have done for us. Women as business owners are just down right tough and tenacious. Really though rather you are a man or a woman being successful starts with our attitudes and our willingness to work hard.

Anything else you want people to know about you and your boutique?

I have been around clothing shops as far back as I can remember. My grandmother had worked in them since she started working. I grew up around dress shops and learned the ins and outs from her. Also we had a shopping addiction! She passed away a few years ago but I hope she would have been very proud of Hinge!
Keep up with Hinge here:

1518 Austin Avenue
Waco, Texas 76701
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Kristy, thank you for your friendship and for being part of this series!  

Website: http://www.hingewaco.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hingewaco

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/hingewaco

Main photo: Christiana Bowles Photography

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