Welcome to Three Twelve Boutique! I know that you have so many options, and you will never know how much it means to me that you have chosen to shop here! When I started this business it was my goal to create a personalized shopping experience for everyone, so I wanted to take a minute and introduce myself.
I grew up (and still live) in a small military town in Northwest Florida, just a few minutes away from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. My childhood was a unique blend of the structured military and the casual coastal lifestyles. My Dad is an engineer and my Mom is an accountant, so there was structure and accountability in our home. My siblings and I always knew what was expected of us and we also knew the value of hard work. But we also had this relaxed, casual feel to our childhoods as well. If we weren’t in school, on the ball field, or at church we were probably out somewhere enjoying the beauty of our hometown. Riding our bikes everywhere, exploring creeks in the woods, or lounging on the white sand beaches. It was in these early days of my childhood that I began to dream of owning my own business; knowing that my parents had equipped me for the hard work, but that I could also build a business around the lifestyle I loved.
When I turned sixteen I got my first ‘real’ job, working at a very popular store at the local outlets. I started by working the floor, meaning it was my job to help people shop and style outfits. I mean, does it really get much better than that for a teenage girl? By the time I graduated high school I had become the denim specialist and a lead cashier, and I was in love with my job. I was working with fashion, and I was the boss of people (okay, like five or six people). When I was twenty I moved to California and ended up working at a locally owned gift shop with my good friend. And I LOVED it. I loved how my boss was in charge of picking her inventory, I loved the personal connections we made with customers, and I loved the experience it created for people. And it was that little gift shop that got me dreaming of my business again.
When I was thirty I finally started to talk to my husband, Jason, about this dream I had been carrying around in my heart for so many years. By the time I was thirty two he said “You need to either give this a try, or stop talking about it”. Those probably weren’t his exact words, but you get the picture. He helped me look into what it would take to start a women’s boutique, and before I knew it I had a business name, and then a business license, and then inventory! Three Twelve Boutique started on the couch in my living room because he gave me the confidence to finally chase my dream down, and a few months later I started selling through Facebook. It felt like suddenly my little dream had turned into an actual business!
But as my dream became a reality, I felt that God had was putting a calling on my heart to not just sell clothing, but to build a business based on relationships. I felt like I was called to help women understand their mighty worth, to be confident in who God created them to be. My love for fashion and styling, and that work ethic my parents taught me so long ago, are now the vehicle that God uses for me to reach other women. I’ve never worked hard in my life. To be honest, I wake up and go to sleep thinking about Three Twelve. I stay up way later than I should answering emails and picking out each inventory item. I spend my spare time researching trends and styles. And I have never been so excited to be so exhausted! I love every second of what I am doing, and I am amazed by the women that I have met and built relationships with since I “opened”. I cannot wait to continue on this journey, and I am honored that you are coming along with me. Please always feel free to reach out to me, for any reason (fashion related or not!). YOU are the reason I do what I do, and I hope that you find so much more than a cute outfit with Three Twelve Boutique.