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Gia started Boutique Rye in 2017. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Boutique Rye?
My backstory has absolutely nothing to do with what I am doing now, but that is what makes us so unique. I went to college for education and became an elementary school teacher. I taught 4th grade for three years. However, I knew that was not meant to be my “forever” job.
Something I have always enjoyed was shopping. I mean what girl doesn’t have this as a hobby?! I had always thought it would be amazing to have my own boutique and get to wear new clothes almost every day.
I started thinking about this crazy idea when I got pregnant with my son, Riley. I knew I didn’t want to teach forever and this was my way out! During the summer I quit teaching, I got a job at a local boutique just working part-time, and it was here where the wheels starting turning for this idea. I saw how much I loved going into work every day and how much I enjoyed helping others pick out outfits for different occasions.
I wanted to find something I loved but also allowed me to stay home at the same time. While I was working at this local boutique, I realized that there was a lot of sitting around during the day when other people were out working. Therefore, an online business seemed like the best route for a few reasons:
We didn’t have the extra funds sitting around to pay sign a year or two-year lease at a brick & mortar location.
I realized the opportunity to reach a wider audience online compared to the audience of this small local boutique. For us, it seemed like hitting two birds with one stone.
And finally (maybe the most important of all), running it as an online-only business would allow me to stay at home with Riley!
I remember telling my husband about a month into working at this local boutique, “I think I could really do this!” Lucky for me, my husband was very supportive and told me to just do it.
Around January 2017, I started doing a lot of research on Google about starting your own boutique. I also had a friend that had a similar online boutique and gave me some great advice. After researching for a few months, I decided to move forward with actually getting started.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story