Describe yourself in THREE words:
Strong, Independent, Hard worker
Tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today:
I am the owner of Mystique Lingerie. We sell Pajamas, sexy lingerie, specialty bras, pheromone infused bath and beauty products.
I got the courage to open up my own store because the boutique I managed in Georgia closed and reopened under new ownership. When the new owner took over, they were out of state, and I ended up setting up most of the store on my own. I had always wanted to open my own boutique, and I knew if I could do this kind of thing for someone else, then why not do it for myself? I was very motivated to open up my store in Colorado, because I knew a business would be much easier to build in a town like Fort Collins where the economy was thriving. Although I do have other employees, I put in about 60 hours each week. In order to stay inspired and maintain a positive outlook, I draw on inspiration from my family, primarily my husband and sister, who are very supportive and give me positive reinforcement that helps me remember how great of a decision it was to open my own store. I also look daily at an inspirational vision board with business/success quotes that I created to stay motivated and keep moving forward.
What are your professional goals for the next 6 months?
To grow my business by provide a unique service and filling a niche in the Fort Collins market.
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Opening my owner store
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Depend on my husband and kids to help out with our kids and home life, cooking, laundry etc. Take some time to myself. Listen to music, exercise, or grab coffee with friends. Sleep late when I can.
I try to make every Sunday a free day from the store.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
What websites do you visit everyday?
lingeriejournal.com, pinterest, facebook, and my major wholesalers to check for daily deals
What is your goal for retirement?
To move to a tropical location
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
I love to visit antique stores, record stores, and try new restaurants
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Research, Research, Research,
Look for a unique market that is not being served. Offer a service or good that is highly desired but the market isn't saturated. Make lots of personal and professional relationships.
Any final comments?
Opening a business is easy, but it takes hard work, dedication, and ambition to keep going after the new is gone.
2601 S. Lemay Ave #15
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Hours of Operation:
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Hi! I am Lisa Downer, married mother of 3 girls and a 20+ year resident of NOCO! I was introduced to HITC in January 2018 and fell in love with the concept of not only networking with local women in business but promoting/sharing them and what they do!
We have such a unique mission and it is right inline with my personal business passions! Come be a part of our amazing group of supportive women and learn how to build your Tribe right here in your own market! with me!