We had the good fortune of connecting with Nancy Proehl and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nancy, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I’m a huge risk taker! Which has helped me by not overthinking so much about how it might end or how it might not work out. My parents always told me that if you overthink things in life, you might regret never doing that thing you wanted to do. All the mistakes I’ve made are learning experiences. Everyone makes mistakes with something new and you just grow from it. In my career I just do the best I can and try new things and don’t ever look back about how it might not work.
What should our readers know about your business?
I’ve always been in love with fashion. Seriously you could ask my mom. I used to beg her to take me to this one store in my small town so I could get a new top. I also majored in Fashion Merchandising in college and did my summer internship at Nordstrom. No it’s not easy starting a boutique. There is a ton of work that goes into it. Pictures need to be taken, lives must be done, inventory must be managed, taxes must be paid, items must be shipped out, list goes on. You have to love it, and I’ve always loved fashion and how it brightens someone’s day when they receive a top from my boutique and absolutely LOVE IT! You definitely learn on the way and I’m still learning especially with these new Apps coming out and just trying to keep things fresh with how I advertise.
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 love the Virgin Hotel, I love the Statler, places to eat would be Mexican Sugar, The Henry, Stiir, so many! I love my area as well! Downtown McKinney is fun to walk around and Bishop Arts District is a blast! I also love West Village and Mocking Bird station.
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?
I started Ella Lyn with my sister in law Robin. She definitely was in it in the beginning with all the shows we had to pack up for and unpack. Ha ha! I miss those days but we definitely learned a few things and what shows not to put ourselves in! Ha! I also give credit to the customers that we found at those shows that still buy from Ella Lyn today! It takes a lot of work to find your clientele and the niche that your boutique fits in and I am so grateful for my repeat customers especially during the pandemic and those who cheerfully spread the word.
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