What are your kids’ names and ages?
I have two boys, Graham is 4 and Griffith turned 1 in October. Graham calls Dandylions my “shirt shop” and loves to help me work. Griffith is my littlest employee and comes to work with me three days a week. They are both great models!
How long have you been in business?
We opened the Boutique in August 2014. We started with a “Friends and Family Sneak Peek Week” and officially opened to the public on August 12. Before that my sister-in-law and I had a booth inside Relics Antique Mall and sold on Etsy.
What inspired you to start your own business? Why Dandylions?
When I first found out I was pregnant, I started sewing my own baby products and fell in love with the craft. I had a hard time finding cute boy stuff, so I thought: Why not just make my own? I have always wanted to be an entrepreneur, and when I had my first son in 2010, the desire to spend more time with family only grew. It was that year I wrote my business plan for Dandylions. I went back to work as the director of marketing and outreach for a local clinic and enjoyed it. But after I had my second son in 2013, I knew I needed to do what I loved. There are so many unique things out there that I wanted to share with other moms, so in early 2014 I dusted off my business plan and went to the bank.
What is your favorite part of the job?
Being able to bring my kids to work and being able to sew and create new things everyday. I am constantly looking at patterns to see what I can make next. My grandmother recently gifted me her serger, so my excitement for creating and sewing is only growing!
What are some ways you relax and find time for yourself?
I always feel relaxed when I am at the boutique. I am doing what I love and what’s not relaxing about that? For an extra treat, I love massages! If there is a holiday, birthday or anniversary, my husband knows to get me a gift certificate for a massage. So relaxing!
What makes Dandylions different from similar stores?
Our unique products and the amount of locally made items we sell. We have six local designers and they all make something different. I also try to get my customers exactly what they are looking for. If it is something I can make then I will make it. I have my sewing machine set up in the back, and that’s where I am if no one is in the store. I also send custom orders to the local designers all the time.
What brands does Dandylions carry? What local designers do you feature?
We carry a wide variety of brands – Sweet Petunia, Decaf Plush and Owls & Bats are my favorites. Our local designers include Little Uptown Girls, Austin Designs, LilyK Designs, Little Avocados and Sweet Jolee Things. I also make and sell my own products. Our local products are by far the most popular. It’s great to see the excitement in the eyes of the designers and customers. Everyone loves to buy local, and we love supporting it.
What advice do you have for other moms starting a business?
Plan smart and do what you love. You can do it!
“She believed she could, so she did.” – R.S. Grey
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