Jade Mauldin is 25, and she owns her own boutique in Acworth, Georgia! It's called... Jade, of course, and the shop carries affordable, pretty pieces like this off-the-shoulder tribal print dress ($40, pictured) and this patterned butterfly sleeve top ($14, sale). We talked to Jade about how she got her dream off the ground, and what it's like to own her own business! I Heart Daily: Why did you want to open a boutique? Jade: I've always loved fashion and have a passion for styling. After graduation, my friends were asking me where to find unique pieces that they could wear to work, but also wear out for an evening. It was then I realized that I could open a boutique for women to find cute clothes that transition from day to night easily.
IHD: Cool! So how did you do it? J: The first step was to write a business plan. I started to research the industry and find other business owners. Then I needed to find a location to open the store. Once that was done, I started finding designers and pieces that I wanted to carry.
IHD: How do you find items for the store? J: Buying is one of my favorite parts of the business. I’m always looking for new designers and unique pieces. I want to find fabulous things at affordable prices. We have some celeb-adored brands mixed with local designers. I want my customers to have things that not everyone is wearing.
IHD: How would you describe the style of the shop? J: The boutique is a trendsetting environment. We have a big inspiration board in the store. Style is eternal, while trends are constantly changing, and I want to inspire women to create their own personal style with today’s latest trends!
IHD: Any advice for girls who may be thinking about owning their own shop one day? J: I believe that you can achieve any dream if you are passionate and determined. It’s important to set goals in your everyday life no matter what you aspire to be, and also to develop a great support system to help you accomplish your goals. I have had wonderful support from my family and friends.
IHD: Yay! What are you hearting right now? J: Prints are one of my favorites this season! I love the chevron print, and I’m really inspired to try some cool nail art. I love the glitter dipped nail trend and the diagonal pop of color! I love traveling and can’t wait for a fun trip this summer. Also, being from the South I love to cook and create new recipes in the kitchen with my family!
Thanks, Jade! Not in Georgia? Check out Jade on Shoptiques, where you can order unique boutique pieces online.