The road to business ownership is different for everyone. Christina Thompson didn’t set out in life to own a styling and accessory business, but life brought her here today! She is a local mom of three (girls ages 7 and 5, and an almost 2 year old boy – it’s a bit crazy!) who loves shopping. Christina is originally from Houston, Texas, and has called Tampa home for the last 11 years. After attending Ole Miss (Hotty Toddy!), she worked in development for a non-profit for many years. She then was the Chief Recruitment Officer for Northwestern Mutual for 6 years before transitioning to being a stay at home mom to be more present with her family in 2013. Her story reads like many of ours!
Christina has always loved fashion, styling friends, and high quality items. She fell in love with the India Hicks brand this past year, and it has been the perfect fit to transition into this world, and she has so many big plans! She has built an incredible team from Tampa to Texas who are as skilled as she is in styling and supporting their clients! Her girls in Tampa are Amy Silver and Kim Carswell. They are one of a kind and can also help you find the perfect item!
When asked what she loves about India Hicks, Christina says, “It is very exclusive. I don't like to have the ‘it’ bag or same outfits as everyone else. An India Hicks girl appreciates craftsmanship and details. Our clients are women who stand apart in a crowd and recognize the beauty in our line. They enjoy discovering unusual things, not shopping where everyone else does. I find joy in finding that special piece for all of our special India Hicks girls!”
What is the India Hicks Line?
The India Hicks collections of bags, beauty and accessories are crafted with the highest attention to detail, in partnership with some of the best workshops and factories in the world. What sets each item apart is that each one carries its own story. The Ambassadors share these stories at events called Get Togethers, where they do just that, with friends old and new, building a strong, solid business, without having to ever go to an office again.
Their exclusive collections of well-crafted gifts, beauty, bags and accessories are designed by India and made with world-class design partners. The collections are inspired by India's British heritage, island life, and madcap daydreams, and every piece has a story, so they're perfect for sharing. They release new products every couple of months, so there will always be something new to keep their customers interested.
They call these collections "attainable luxury." Our prices range from $16-$480, and over half of the collection falls under $100. The Ambassadors are proud to be able to offer these price points on beautifully crafted products. It helps that sales are done from the home - once a customer sees and feels the quality in person, they understand the value of what they're getting.
How to Shop
Christina is very active with local events. You can find her hosting pop-up shops around Tampa, at markets, and in homes, and she loves to meet new people. To experience your own personal shopping service, contact Christina directly at email@example.com. You can also shop the India Hicks Collection at www.indiahicks.com/rep/christinathompson.
Christina will also be at our Holiday Kickoff Networking Social at Bulla Gastrobar on Nov. 29! Stop by her table to view a selection of her India Hicks collection!
Tell us about your business and how you became the successful business women you are today.
Dr. Linette Rivera and myself are both physicians who had a passion that went beyond going to work and seeing patients every day. We wanted to be able to interact with the patients and develop a close doctor-patient relationship where we help them not only look their best but feel their best. That is why, a year ago, we decided to open our own medical aesthetics practice. Among the services we provide are the following; Botox, Dermal Fillers, Laser Skin Treatments, Skin Care, Laser Hair Removal, Medically Managed Weight loss, Testosterone Replacement and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. We met 3 years ago and we noticed we shared the same passion for medical aesthetics. We have always believed in pursing our dreams and we know that taking risks is a big part of making it happen. We spent a lot of time putting together a concierge style practice where patients feel we are there for them 24/7. We work long hours, even from home making sure our clinic provides the best quality of care. This ensures patients feel at ease and are satisfied with their results.
Staying motivated is not hard for us because we put our hearts into this venture and want to see it succeed. Building something from the ground up has given us a lot to be proud of and thankful for.
Describe yourself in three words:
Strong, Confident and Passionate
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Our greatest professional achievement was working hard to become physicians and being able to pursue opening our own medical practice.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
Our goals are to continue growing our business, getting more patients to visit our facility and to become more involved in the community and the different organizations in the Tampa Bay area.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Linette would like to learn more about photography since she loves to travel and talks about her life experiences on her blog. I would love to learn more about the culinary arts. I have a love and passion for cooking and would enjoy getting deeper into this.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
At the beginning, it was a challenge because we both still work at other medical practices. With time, we have learned how to organize ourselves in order to meet the demands of our profession without compromising quality time with our families.
It has not been easy, but we just work hard daily, and most importantly, we make time to laugh and just let go and have a good time.
What websites do you visit every day?
We want to always keep up with new products and treatments coming out or any new laser technologies. We not only keep up with beauty and fashion trends but also are always searching for the best aesthetic conferences and trainings that keep us delivering the best services to our patients. These are some of the websites we like to visit:
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
Linette is a foodie and loves to go to restaurants all over Tampa. Her favorite one is On Swann, in Hyde Park Village. Being from Canada I'm and avid hockey fan and love going to the Lightning’s games and Linette goes to most of the Buccaneers football games. We both love to go to Miguelito’s for lunch breaks and happy hour.
What is your goal for retirement?
We would love for Bella Mia Medical to be at multiple locations so we can pass the legacy of a successful business to others. Then, spend our retirement traveling the world. We want to know that we have lived, done well and worked hard to be able to enjoy retirement
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
The best advice we could give to women wanting to become entrepreneurs is to not worry about following the common path, but to go where there is no path and leave a trail!
Any final comments?
We are both blessed and thankful for where we are today and look forward to so much more for the future.
Hi! I'm Diana. I love the beach, my family, chocolate, coffee, and meeting new people. I host monthly events in the Tampa area and cannot wait to meet all of you!