What do you do?
I own and operate Jen’s Place Boutique & Gift Shop (named after my daughter) in Old Colorado City.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
I run the store and carry out the vision of Jen’s Place while also working to understand and present my customers’ interests in such areas as clothing, jewelry, scents, lotions, linens, décor, gift themes and kitchen gadgets/utensils.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
My husband and daughter (Scott and Jenny) helped me launch Jen’s Place in May 2015. I’ve always enjoyed organizing, decorating and planning things. When it became businesslike for me was when I opened a booth in a local antique mall as a hobby in 2009, and within three years I had six booths in two antique malls.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
I love the creativity, planning and troubleshooting and especially interacting with customers, OCC residents and businesspeople. I enjoy taking on new challenges for the shop and our customers, learning what their interests are and researching and carrying out a plan to fulfill them.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
I hope to be able to expand one day.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
I was in the US Army for 30 years, gaining experience in various areas, including medical services and human resources. Opening a business and operating a boutique is not something that such a background could have prepared me for directly. However, indirectly, I felt comfortable relying on and carrying over my military skills and experiences.
What makes working on the Westside special?
The Westside appeals to me because it reminds me of home and the memories I have of growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I enjoy the historical surroundings, small-community environment, along with the diversity and creativity of the locals and businesses.
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(Posted 8/17/16; Opinion: What Do You Do)