We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtney Harrington and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Courtney, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
As most people you ask would say, I wanted to be my own boss. Work when I want, do what I want, even take a vacation when I want. For the longest time my motivation to start my own business, was me. When I started to actually see and listen to the needs and frustrations of my friends, family, and the customer base as a whole is when my motivation became selfless, There are so many beautiful people out there that feel excluded. Wether it’s due to their style preferences, body weight, orientation, lifestyle, etc… I want to, and am in the middle of, creating a safe, inviting, and stress free space where anyone can come to shop. This is when Zen Beauty & C0. began. It is our goal to cater to all sizes, body types, and personalities.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Zen Beauty & Co, will be forever changing. From keeping up with the latest trends, to hearing my customers, and future customers, needs to including every body type, personality, orientation, etc.. We have only been launched for less than six months, and still, we are amazed at how much our customers have given feedback, requested products they’d love to see, and have interacted with us. We believe, as a company in the boutique/clothing industry, we stand apart by including everyone. One way we do this is by giving our customers the opportunity to model for us! Honestly, I think we get more excited by our customers modeling for us than they do! We do our best to show our appreciation to everyone who has not only shopped with us but even supported us. Wether that be through general sales, personalized discounts, etc.. There was a time when we gifted our models with Starbuck’s Coffee during an early morning photoshoot! We have a lot planned for the future! Without saying too much, expect to see expanded inventory, new models, and new ways to let everyone know they are beautiful! Confidence is for every Body!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had to choose one city in Texas to bring my best friend to, I would have to choose Fort Worth. Specifically, downtown in Sundance Square. We would have to visit the Bass Performance Hall for a show, see the color changing fountains in the heart of Sundance Square, visit the Fort Worth Water Gardens for great photo opps, and stop by all of the small local shops and vendors they have to offer! Whenever I find myself downtown, I always stop by Jamba Juice and grab the Razzmatazz! For lunch or even dinner, you can never go wrong with one of the many rooftop bars located downtown. One of my favorites is the Reata Restaurant! I always need something sweet after every meal, my go to is the nestle tollhouse store just down the street from Reata’s!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Fortunately, I have a huge support system. To everyone who supported and still supports me, I thank you! However, my fiancee, Arianna, is my biggest fan and will always be the first person to stay by my side through every up and down there is to come. Thanks to her, Zen Beauty & C0. (ZBC) is made possible. She has pushed, pulled, and guided me through every physical and mental obstacle that comes with starting and running your own business. I want to say thank you, and for her I am forever grateful.