Your Money, Your Business: Jade and Madalynn Quindeanera Boutique
Aug. 26, 2010 at 3:26 a.m.
Updated Aug. 28, 2010 at 3:28 a.m.
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Jade and Madalynn Quinceanera Boutique
Address and phone number:
601 E. Rio Grande St., 361-573-5233 or 361-596-0274
Number of employees:
Alterations, consultations, special orders, tuxedos and dresses for weddings, first communions, quinceaneras and more.
1: Why did you choose the industry?
We'd worked with other companies in the past and had experience doing alterations. We eventually decided it was time to get into business on our own and decided a boutique would be a great fit for us.
2: Describe your first day in business.
We went through lots of looking when it came to choosing the dresses we'd have on display, but it really only took four days to get the business' doors open. It was a lot of work, but we enjoyed it. God opened the doors for us.
3: Describe a typical workday.
We're always catering to customers, fitting brides into their dresses and, now that the homecoming dresses are coming in, are getting those out. We also see to orders daily.
4: Why open up shop in the Crossroads region?
We all live here. We started our business on the corner of Goodwin Avenue but just moved to our current location about six months ago.
5: Is it difficult to find employees in our workforce? How do you find workers?
We're all family here but, if we grow in the future, we might bring more people on. Then we'd probably go by word of mouth. We know a lot of people through our church and many people ask whether we have positions available.
6: What advice would you give others starting a new business?
If it's what you really want, go for it. You have to love what you do and really work to make the business successful. It takes time and effort, but it's worth it.
7: What is the biggest challenge your industry faces?
It's just going that extra mile to keep people happy. Sometimes we'll find ourselves doing alterations at 1 or 2 a.m. or driving to Port Lavaca to take measurements. We'll stay open late if people can't make it in on time, too.
8: What is something most people don't realize about running a small business?
It takes a lot of time away from family because you have to keep up with orders - what comes in and goes out. A lot of people think we're just here, selling dresses, but it's more than that.
9: In your time running your business, what is your best story?
It's always exciting when our fashion shows come around. The woman who organizes them puts a lot of enthusiasm and passion into them and wants people to look good. The day before the show she writes down who will wear what and plans it all out. We had about 42 people in our last fashion show.
10: Where do you see yourself and your business in five years?
Hopefully in a bigger building. We also hope to expand our wedding dress selection. We began with quinceanera and prom dresses and have grown from there.
- Allison Miles, Victoria Advocate
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