I don't talk about this often, but the reason why I started Little Dance Boutique is what keeps me going through the tough times (*COUGH* shipping delays, postal strikes and copycats *COUGH*). So gather round the proverbial fire, children. Here's the story of why I started the company I run today.
I've always known that I was meant to be "in charge". I've also referred to myself as a Jill of all trades and master of none. I have SO MANY interests that it's hard for me to concentrate on just one thing. I went from wanting to be a cartoonist to a coroner on my long list of "what do you want to be when you grow up".
After 10 years of coaching cheerleading, I entered the dance world. First as an acro instructor and then as a dance mom (the latter is much harder btw). When my youngest joined the competition team, I didn't think it would be a big deal. I've dealt with the competition aspect for years and we always had a cute dance store in the area...but it was gone!
At about the same time that I was growing painfully tired of my 9-5, I was also growing painfully tired of buying the wrong dance gear for my daughter online. One of my friends said, "someone should open a dancewear store" and I immediately knew that someone was me!
Had I known Covid would hit after being open for 2 months, I probably wouldn't have done it, but I finally feel like I'm exactly where I am meant to be. LDB isn't just a store, not just a company or even a brand. It's a piece of my history and a community of all of the things that I love...Art, Children, Family, Teamwork & Kindness. God willing it will be a part of the future with my great great grandkids running things in years to come.