Opening Lynn Steven, Part I - Introductions

Posted on September 08, 2009 | 0 Comments

Well, I have finally done it!  I have been talk­ing about doing it for awhile and the time has finally come.  I’m open­ing my own store!  And I’m going to tell you all about it.

I’m going to use the Lynn Steven Shoptalk blog to talk about my expe­ri­ences of try­ing to start my own retail store.  For any­one who has ever opened their own store, they will know the tri­als and tribu­la­tions I have expe­ri­enced as I go through this process.  For any­one want­ing to start their own store, I hope that I can pro­vide you some insight.

Some back­ground on me: my name is Nicole.  I have lived in Van­cou­ver all my life, most recently liv­ing in Yale­town for the past five years.  I live with my hus­band of two years (we have been together for 12).  I have worked at what feels like every retail store in Vancouver.

I started my retail career back when I was 16 when I got a sea­sonal job at Club Monaco.  That turned into an Assis­tant Man­ager posi­tion, and for the most part I’ve been work­ing in retail ever since.  Most recently I man­aged the Lacoste flag­ship store here in Van­cou­ver.  I started my career with Lacoste at Holt Ren­frew which at the time was a leased cor­ner in the Women’s Con­tem­po­rary Depart­ment.  I worked there for 2.5 years before being asked to run the Lacoste store on Bur­rard Street. Hav­ing worked for Lacoste for almost 4 years I was get­ting antsy and wanted to see if some­thing else was out there for me.

I took the leap and tried work­ing for a finan­cial advi­sor for about seven months — a com­plete depar­ture from the retail world.  I quickly dis­cov­ered that I was not an office per­son at all.  I missed meet­ing inter­est­ing peo­ple through­out the day and of course I missed the fash­ion.  Rather than hit­ting monster.com, my hus­band and I real­ized that if I was ever going to open my own store it was now or never!  I enrolled in the Ven­ture Pro­gram at BCIT last fall, and the rest is his­tory.  Since fin­ish­ing the pro­gram I have been work­ing on mak­ing my dream a reality.

Keep vis­it­ing and I’ll keep you posted on every­thing I have to go through to open Lynn Steven Boutique.

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