over the past few months I have compiled a short list of lord small businesses within the tri-state area and I’m so excited to finally share some love with these businesses. I’ve also reached to each owner of these businesses as well and asked them why they started and how they came up with their business names, and These stories are just amazing.
First up is Naturally Charming created by Shaina Newman based out of fronton, Oh who makes clay and resin crafts.
“So I actually decided to open my store because I was in LOVE with pieces from other clay shops, but they were $40-$50 a pair and I was a college student with 3 kids, so I decided to try to make my own. I absolutely fell in love with the process of using clay. I love that the possibilities are endless and you can get really creative. I decided to try to sell affordable clay pieces for other people to enjoy. I decided on the name because I wanted my pieces to feature nature and natural elements such as flowers and leaves. I also felt like clay was a natural element so I felt like “naturally” fit with my theme and charming, makes the jewelry sound more elegant. I also like how the pieces seem “naturally charming” to look at if that makes sense 🤣 I’ve added even more nature to my pieces with dried flowers in resin, and most recently- real butterfly wings!
Next up is Glory B Boutique by Ali White out of Kitts Hill, Ohio with a fashion clothing boutique
“I decided to open up Glory B Boutique at a very low point in my life due to a negative obstacle that I chose to turn into a positive. I had always dreamed of opening up a boutique, but I thought it would be impossible until I was in my thirties and very established.
In July of 2020, my grandmother, Gloria Hopper, passed away unexpectedly – very unexpectedly. Her passing took a major toll on me. One day, I had this feeling come over me about opening up an online boutique circling around her name. At first I just contemplated the idea and pushed my feelings aside, but it almost became a calling that I could no longer ignore. On November 1, 2021 glorybboutique.com launched in memory of my best friend, my grandmaw: Gloria Hopper. It has been nothing but dreams coming true since! Who knew I would be 21 years old and creating my own store? I am so thrilled that I am able to keep her memory alive in a way that has always made the both of us happy: fashion.”
Then we have Made Up by Maddie based out of Wheelersburg, Ohio who professions in microblading.
“I personally was in PTA school and I wasn’t happy. I didn’t love it like I should, so I decided that I was gonna do something I would love! I took a microblading course and started working! I rent a room at The Wild Horse Salon & Spa in Wheelersberg and that’s where I work out of.
As far as my name, I have done hair and makeup for proms, other dances, and even weddings for a long time!!
This past prom season I made the name “Made Up By Maddie” so I could advertise my little “side gig”. When I decided to do what I would love and start my own business up, I knew just what to call it!!!”
Then we have Looper’s Creations created by Kiona Smith based out of Lesage,West Virginia who creates custom sublimated and vinyl products.
“I don’t actually have a “store” but I run it out of my in laws house where my husband and i live! I have always had a passion for giving people what they want. There have been so many times I’ve ordered something custom, and it’s just not exactly how I wanted or pictured. I wanted to create exactly what people have in mind. I did some research on some things after seeing a couple of people doing what I do now, and I was fascinated. So I went for it!
My name has a very strong meaning. Even though it came from my husband and I joking around and putting together names, it made sense. I had a cat named Loki that was my first baby for 6 years. He was so sick when I first got him and I got him back to good health. Fast forward four years later, he started getting urethral blockages. My husband and i did surgery and food maintenance but it still wasn’t enough. He kept getting blocked so we had to make the hard decision to put him down before his urethra blockage killed him. Fast forward 6 months later, we got a 4 month old puppy named Cooper from my husbands grandfather. We were not looking for a dog but when we went to visit on Easter, Cooper would not leave my feet. I had to take him. All in all, Loopers comes from Loki and Cooper together. They are so similar in personality it is scary. I have a strong passion for animals so I thought it was a very passionate strong name.
Then we have Love You Most Boutique a clothing boutique by Breanna Goodman out of South Point, Ohio
“I have always loved fashion & shopping. My family owns their own business, so having my own one day was something I always aspired to do. My mom & I had been talking about it for quite some time, but one day out of the blue we just decided to go for it. Opening a business can be very intimidating, but we were so determined to make it happen! We had all of our paperwork, website, & vendors ready to go in just one weekend. (Definitely one of the most stressful weekends of my life I might add lol)
“As far as for our boutique name, my mom & I have always said “love you more, love you most” when leaving each other or hanging up the phone. This name just felt perfect & once we said it, no other name felt the way Love You Most Boutique did! We have almost been open a 1 year & it has been such a fun journey”
Then lastly we have Nica Dawn Beautique a clothing store by Ashley Holt out of Ashland, Kentucky
“It actually started out with my step children’s mother of which I’m best friends with sitting around and watching other people have fun doing the whole boutique life. It was always something that I had wanted to do but had talked myself out of. She came to me and said, Let’s do this! We both laughed because who starts a business during a pandemic. Lol Apparently we do! Since opening in December it just took off! My business partner decided boutique life wasn’t for her and she wanted to focus on her family’s business, Hillbilly Hibachi. Since July 1st I’ve been having a blast helping people feel good about themselves with their clothing. So the name came from Veronica “NICA” Ashley Dawn “Dawn” and the beautique spelling came from the word beauty! We wanted all women no matter their size and shape to feel comfortable and loved. It’s been one of the most rewarding jobs I’ve had.”
I’ve been so excited to finally share this list of these awesome people and their businesses and they’ve really made a name for themselves. I can’t wait to share more later on. Thanks for reading.