We had the good fortune of connecting with Lianne Wallace and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lianne, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I wanted to bring handmade jewelry and accessories to the forefront of local fashion. When I started my business, I wasn’t taking this challenge on completely in the dark- I’ve been creating jewelry since age 8, and have recently expanded my skills into crochet products. My work is inspired by Panhandle locals, Texas terrain, and bold color palettes.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My journey began long before I knew where I would end up. I graduated the University of Dallas with a B.A. in business in 2018. From 2018-2020, I ended up moving jobs from working fast food to serving to bartending. This job path was honestly not what I had expected post-graduation. Looking back, it is almost divine intervention that my journey led me this direction. I learned what it meant to interact with customers on a daily basis, how to analyze details, how to work quickly and do whatever it takes to stay calm under pressure (although, that last skill can be a battle). I acquired these skills by working onsite with people who knew how to work hands-on, who encouraged me to do better, and taught me something new everyday. Now, I apply those skills in my business, New Horizons Boutique. I want the world to know that every path is different; no two paths are the same, and no journey can compare to another. Each person has a personal journey to success.
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.
I would take my friend to Pax and Beneficia in Las Colinas for coffee, then head over to Northpark Mall to eye the art installations and accessories in the windows. We’d eat at places like Little Katana and Twisted Root Burger in Deep Ellum. Nightlife would include Bishop Cidercade (because I love their food trucks and games), and Cowboys Red River (because I love to dance). But we would definitely drive around Dallas to find new and hidden gems that would be perfect for brunch.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to thank my supportive fiancé, Timothy, for challenging me to adapt to new approaches in business. A big thank you to my parents and loving family who have supported me on this new business venture. To my friends: thank you for your smiles and support. Finally, thank you Ms. Davis- the phrase “the greater the risk, the greater the reward” will always stick with me.