On a sunny and warm Tuesday afternoon, I joined local business owner Melissa Miller at her shop, Boutique on Main. The shop opened it's doors on August 27, 2016 and, for being less than a year old, the store feels cozier and more developed than one might expect. Melissa looked stunning in a pink and white paisley dress while her son relaxed in the lounge chairs at the center of the shop. In our laughter filled interview, Melissa opens up about what it's like to work in fashion and she offers her best advice for those wishing to start their own business.
Aubrey Salyers: What is your background? Have you always worked in fashion?
Melissa Miller: No, I haven’t. Actually, I have an MBA but my background is in healthcare. But I’m an entrepreneur, so I had a business before. I actually had a wellness center and then I went and worked for the corporate world. I was miserable and I wanted my own place, something that I’ve always wanted to do because I love fashion. I have always been into health, fitness, and fashion!
AS: So, tell me a little about your business.
MM: I like for women to love what they wear and wear what they love. Actually, that’s my mission- to make people feel good, especially women, about what they’re wearing. I try to help them style for their body types, I love that. And coming out of their comfort zone, like trying on things that they never thought they would try on. That’s so much fun! I love it when they come and do that!
AS: What made you want to start your own business?
MM: Like I said, I had another business several years ago, I opened many years ago and had it for about ten years. I experienced having my own business and I just - when I went to work for corporate, I knew I wanted my own business again. I just have an entrepreneurial spirit.