JoAnna Lee Corbin, proprietor of the newly opened J. Lee Boutique took the leap into on-line entrepreneurship in July, as COVID-19 quarantine raged. Her enterprise has grown steadily and just lately she opened a brick-and-mortar location that may be shopped by appointment at 128 Vacation Court docket in Franklin.
From the start, Corbin wished to ascertain a boutique that gives fashion-forward objects that empower ladies but additionally offers again to the neighborhood. Particularly to children within the foster care system.
Within the Nineteen Seventies, Corbin’s maternal grandparents fostered a bit woman named Lee for 2 and a half years. Lee grew to become household, however at the moment foster mother and father in Alabama weren’t legally allowed to undertake the kids they fostered. They needed to let her go, however they by no means forgot her. Corbin’s mom nonetheless has a lock of hair from Lee’s first haircut as a result of she’s going to without end be the sister her mom by no means had.
“My household has tried to reconnect with Lee,” mentioned Corbin, “however her social safety quantity was modified shortly after being adopted. All they learn about her is that her title is now Hilary, she is 46, and lives someplace in South Alabama. My grandparents, 4 uncles, and mom nonetheless cry when they consider their valuable ‘Lee Bug’. Lee will maintain a particular place in my household’s hearts without end.”
Having been given the center title ‘Lee’ in honor of this valuable baby, Corbin has a coronary heart for teenagers in foster care. Corbin was planning an occasion for early December for younger ladies who have been growing older out of the foster care system, which occurs at age 17. She canceled the occasion because of COVID-19; nevertheless, it was referred to as The Foster Ladies Empowerment Occasion and she or he had garnered assist from the neighborhood and different native companies. The occasion was going to supply ten ladies the chance to have their hair carried out professionally by California Roots Salon and Spa, their make-up carried out by freelance make-up artists, they’d be capable to store at J. Lee Boutique freed from cost, take pleasure in a particular dinner due to Fourth Capital and motivational audio system would focus on matters like funds, interviews, LinkedIn, resume constructing, and profession matters and they might have the chance to have get an expert headshot for his or her LinkedIn web page.
An in-person occasion might haven’t been within the playing cards this yr, however Corbin was ableo to host a stockings drive for youth in foster care. She collected over 50 crammed stockings plus acquired financial donations to supply $700 in present playing cards. She donated the stockings to Youth Villages & present playing cards to Monroe Harding.
That is simply an extension of who she is. Corbin likes to get to know her clients. Fairly a number of have develop into buddies, some regardless of by no means having by no means met as a result of they dwell on the opposite facet of the nation.
“I had identified I wished to primarily promote on-line by way of social on Fb and Instagram. Nevertheless, I had many requests to come back store on the boutique by appointment. I discovered that ladies have been trying to find a secure and distinctive option to store throughout the pandemic… I virtually act as a private stylist whereas they’re on the boutique, and provides them a right away confidence increase upon seeing themselves within the clothes they may not have picked for themselves.
Whereas she had meant to focus on ladies inside her age group, the 20s, she has had ladies from age 7 to 80 store on the boutique and order on-line. She is a agency believer which you can be fashionable and on-trend at any age.
Her high sellers are customized and distinctive acid washed sweatshirts and flannels made within the USA, criss-cross excessive ponytail hats, cable bracelets, prime quality leggings, and foam sole wedges.
Previous to beginning J. Lee Boutique, Corbin labored within the music business. When she noticed a possibility to create a singular buying expertise on-line and in-person in Franklin, she ran with the concept and has by no means regarded again! She will be discovered at @ShopJLeeBoutique on Instagram and Fb or at www.jleeboutique.com.
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