Feeling exceptionally blessed lately!
I was born and raised in the rural Quad City area. Moving away from here for 5 years and then coming back was a little intimidating for me. I left town at 19 with a baby on my hip and following Spencer’s football successes to college. I came back a brand new adult. I feared there weren’t new people to meet. I was worried of a past reputation that no longer reflected me…. Basically just a bunch of self confidence issues!
I had such a beautiful sense of belonging in Cedar Falls with such amazing creatives and entrepreneurs. I had never felt “myself” as much as I did there.
Currently on year number two back in the rural QC and I have nothing but tremendous things to say about the new relationships I have built along with reconnections of old friends and acquaintances! If you would have asked me six months ago how I was adjusting to country living and being back home, I would have went on and on about “how phenomenal the people are in Cedar Falls and how tremendous our neighbors were to us… and man I miss them! But this peaceful setting is nice and being close to family is amazing.”
In the past 6 months, I have built some of the most outstanding relationships with new friends and colleagues and I just keep connecting with more and more new faces WEEKLY in this area!
I met many likeminded new friends recently through my very first Rising Tide Society meeting a couple of weeks ago, I went to a swanky bloggers’ launch party at Me & Billy a short while back and that was a great networking opportunity, but my most recent connection was with two fabulous female entrepreneurs in downtown Le Claire, IA. I would like to introduce you to the beautiful, bold, and courageous duo: Jeanette & Jessica from Flutter Boutique!
Jeanette and Jessica have a storefront clothing & accessory boutique in Downtown Le Claire, IA that is catered to women of all ages! Their eye for style is on point and they do a tremendous job at curating seasonal fashion in their store. Whether a business professional or stay at home mom, you will fall in love with their selection.
Not only are these two amazing girl bosses, but both are mamas and wives. I interviewed them both to dig a little deeper and get the scoop on how they are able to do everything they do!
HOW THEY BALANCE LIFE:
Jeanette– Wow how do we juggle it all! Somedays it feels like it takes an army! Jessica and I make a great team, we are able to help balance the workload each week for the boutique. We have an amazing team of ladies that work for us at Flutter, which is a huge help. Personally, I am blessed to have any amazing mom that helps me every day! I travel most days for Pigott, so she is my rock at home to help with my girls.
Jessica- Honestly, juggling two businesses and a family can be very challenging at times. It is extremely important to me to have a lot of family time and that is not something I’m willing to put on the back burner. My husband’s supportiveness and understanding throughout this journey has helped take some weight off my shoulders. I feel pretty lucky that I have somewhat of a flexible schedule at my hair salon that allows me some morning/daytime hours to devote to Flutter. There have also been some nights Jeannette and I get together after the kids go to bed and have a “meeting of the minds”….with a bottle (or two) of wine! Last, but not least, we wouldn’t be able to operate without our top notch staff that takes care of our customers on a daily basis which makes our job easier.
HOW THEY GOT WHERE THEY ARE TODAY:
Jeanette- As long as I can remember, I have had a love and passion for fashion! My mom was one of my many inspirations. When I was a little girl she made sure my sister and I always were dressed and ready for the day! Even if that meant waking us up at 4:00 am before she went off to work. That turned into begging to go to the mall every weekend for something new! Some of my best memories are with my mom and sister on our shopping trips to Chicago and New York. I never realized until now, the influence those trips had on me. Not to mention the priceless time with my mom and sister. They are truly my best friends!
I went to school for fashion merchandising and started my fashion career with companies such as The Gap, Old Navy and The Limited in the Chicago area. I couldn’t have asked for better companies to help me learn the retail way of life! Then I met my amazing husband, Jon. He too had a dream to start his own company and we also wanted to start a family. We moved back home to the Quad Cities so that we could be by our families, and I left the retail career behind. I found an amazing sales opportunity at Pigott, a commercial interiors company. 17 years later, I am on our leadership team and have a job I love to go to everyday! Jon and I are blessed to have 2 beautiful and amazing daughters, Jillian and Josie. They have forever changed our lives. I now find myself teaching them all that my mom taught me. Of course one of those is the love of fashion! I was definitely meant to have girls! We too have created amazing memories with those same girls shopping trips! More than anything I want to show them the importance of finding a good work/life balance and always following their dreams!
Fashion and retail have always still been on mind! My friend Jessica and I started discussing the idea of opening a boutique for years. This has been a dream of both of ours since we were little girls! With Jessica’s business background and my retail we decided we would make the perfect team! We were excited to bring a unique shopping experience back to Moline when we opened in May 2015! Thanks to the love and support of our families, our dream came true!
Jessica– I got where I am today with the help of the best support system anyone could ask for! From starting my own hair salon to opening Flutter my family and friends were right by our sides. I have always been very passionate about beauty and fashion, so as a young 20-something I realized doing hair was a perfect fit.I have been a hairstylist now for 16 years and it still doesn’t feel like work! Jeannette and I decided to start by selling a few accessories out of my salon, it sparked a lot of interest from the people we knew. From there we decided to take the leap and Flutter was born.
ADVICE TO OTHERS:
Jeanette- Always follow your dreams! If you have the passion and drive, anything is possible. I have to constantly remind myself that nothing is easy, most days are long and it take a lot of determination. I believe you need a support system in place and anything seems possible. My family and friends are that for me. Remember that its ok to make mistakes, and that there will always be bumps in the road. Just enjoy life, stay close to your faith and count your blessings!
Jessica- My advice to inspire others to chase their dreams is to live with no regrets. In my situation, I knew I never wanted to look back and wonder “what if” and wish I would have taken a chance. The fear of not knowing, for me, was bigger than the fear of not giving it my best shot.
5 YEAR GOAL FOR FLUTTER:
Jeanette- I would love to see Flutter still flourishing in LeClaire. We have fallen in the love with this town and the community. I would also like to see a retail website, we know how much everyone likes the ease of shopping online!
Jessica– In five years I would love to see Flutter as a successful boutique that women in the Quad Cities and beyond still love coming to to find unique clothing and accessories. My hope to grow our customer base is to make us more accessible through other outlets, such as an online site.
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To my readers, I hope you find inspiration in these two wonderful women.
Entrepreneurs, the talent that lies within this area is such a gift! I hope I can keep building connections and showcasing such talented individuals right here in Midwest’s Heartland!
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Plan a trip to Le Claire with some friends and stop in Flutter Boutique (located across the street from 129)! Let them know I sent you! I personally recommend a new Fall outfit from here for your next date night. There’s nothing that makes a girl feel better than a fresh new outfit…. First world problems, I know! BUT, it’s true!