As most of you may know, I own a boutique in Enid, Oklahoma called The Felt Bird.
I've gained new readers since I started blogging for reals again so I thought I would take this opportunity to
share a little bit of mine + fb history as well as what we have planned for our shop's future.
Opening a boutique was something I've always wanted to do, I just thought I wouldn't be able to until my 30s or so.
My major in college was Apparel Merchandising so I took a bunch of fashion and business courses. My experience in the retail world was working retail jobs since I was 16, running an etsy shop, and doing an internship with the boutique Dwelling Spaces (which was the most useful and helpful experience).
When I graduated college in 2008, I freaked. I didn't have a job. Or a plan. What in the world am I going to do now?
At this time I was busy and doing well with my handmade brand, Stelabird. I had read those
Quit Your Day Job stories on Etsy and they were so inspiring and gave me the idea to try it out. To make this my new plan. I'm going to attempt being self-employed!
This may sound terrible, but I just hate working for people/companies, and I was going to try my hardest to never have to.
A few months passed and husband and I were packing boxes to make the move back to our hometown. To be honest, I was really bummed about this, but this was a more affordable choice and it would give us a chance to save money while we figured out what we wanted to do.
Soon after we settled into our new/old hometown we were introduced to two amazing young artists and gallery owners. Discovering such a creative and wonderful side of Enid that we had never known sort of rocked our world and made us realize that maybe our future was right down the street. Would it be so crazy to open up a business now?
Plus, our city didn't have a shop like what we wanted to do. We imagined carrying cool gifts and accessories for awesome ladies and gents.
After a huge amount of research and even huger amount of work we were able to open our little boutique on a shoestring budget. We opened our doors in September of 2009.
These past 2 years have been fantastic and emotional. Running your own business is so rewarding but can also be quite stressful. I can't imagine doing anything else.
After much thought and planning husband and I have decided to take the next step in our business:
We will be opening a Felt Bird online shop.
Husband has been busy designing and creating our online presence. We are still busy getting product photos ready and hope to go live in a few weeks. I will announce our launch date soon.
We are so excited and looking forward to getting our online shop up and running and available to everyone all over the world.