Hello there to all my awesome readers! I am so excited for today’s interview with Lana owner of Wesley’s aka @Wesleys.Nebraska on Instagram. Lana reached out to me before she opened her awesome business and we just hit it off! Instant Friendship! Love those connections! I thought it would be fun to do a little sit down interview with Lana so y’all can get to know her and her business Wesley’s a little better!
(Catch these fun Miss Macie booties From Wesley’s)
H: Who or What inspired you to start Wesley’s?
L: I’ve always loved clothes just like most girls do! I got involved in the western wear industry about three years ago with work and traveling for a couple different companies that would set up booths at stock shows and rodeos and that helped to light the embers even more on wanting to start my own boutique. As far as who; my parents have been amazingly supportive, as well as my sister and sister-in-law that have helped here and there along the way. A very good friend of mine, Sierra Jones, who runs a side business in calligraphy and created my tags for me has been a huge encouragement since before I started as well. Finally, Dustin Davis, is honestly one of the biggest supporters of this and who always pushes me to do my best and follow the dreams and goals I have! He’s been one of the biggest encouragers for me this whole time.
One of the real inspirations behind starting Wesley’s was not only to start my own boutique and small business, but to also find name brand items that I could get to girls at lower prices. One of the biggest goals that I have for Wesley’s is to find some deals along the way that girls otherwise might not want to or have the money to spend on items right away. I love finding great deals on quality, name brand items, and I want other girls to have that same opportunity and help give that to them and save them a little bit of money here and there!
H: Did you have to seek advice before you got started or did you just go for it?
L: I did have to do some looking around as far as what I would need for supplies, a certain amount for start-up money, and other items along the way. As far as seeking other advice, I’d ordered wholesale before and had experience in that area, so I kind of just jumped after I got my ducks lined up, and went for it! There’s constantly things changing and keeping up with new items, finding deals for girls, and getting items sent out to customers. It’s all a learning process and I’m always learning new things. I love everything about this journey so far, though!
(It sure is, but that’s amazing I love that you just went for it!)
H: How did you get your boutique name?
L: I wanted something original and that had some meaning behind it for me, so I ended up going with Wesley’s; my grandpa’s and my dad’s middle name. I like different names and something that isn’t what people might expect being a boutique name. When I kept thinking about what I would name a business of my own, that was the name that first popped into my head and I liked the sound of it no matter how many other names I came up with that I might have wanted to use.
H: What are your 2 favorite pieces in your store right now?
L: My two favorite pieces in my store right now are the On The Fringe booties in ruby red by Miss Macie Boots and the Anna top [a red striped top]. I love the Miss Macie boots because they’re so comfortable, and I love adding a pop of color to an outfit! The Anna top is my favorite right now because it looks so good with turquoise layered all over it, and has a chic old school look with the vertical stripes and you can dress it up or down!
H: What has been the biggest blessing about your business in your life?
L: The biggest blessing about Wesley’s so far is the freedom that it’s giving me as well as the fulfillment and excitement of starting up my own small business. God has definitely helped me all along the way in this! There have been some great people that I’ve been able to work with so far, two of whom I would say are at the top of the list are; LaDane Smith and Bethany Keller of Miss Macie Boots. Those two ladies have been so kind and encouraging along the way and were so accepting of my business proposal when I first called in to open an account with Miss Macie Boots! Another blessing would be the people that have found my boutique on either Facebook or Instagram so far and that have been so kind and great to work with and that love finding deals as much as I do!
(Check out my awesome Miss Macie Booties from Wesley’s!)
H:Do you have something on your heart that you would like to share with our readers?
L: Honestly, I’m pretty simple. My goals are to just be happy, own my business and have it grow into something that girls love shopping online to find something they love and possibly snag a few deals along the way! I stay super busy and I help out my family on our farm/ranch operation in Nebraska, I work part-time on transcription, and I’m currently seeking the corporate workforce again since finishing college. I love to stay busy and Wesley’s is helping with that and helping fill the dreams and goals I have. I know that I may not be one of the “it” girls on social media with the best photography, the most followers, or the most likes; I’m willing to work as hard as I need to for all of that though and build my way up to having a great website to give great customer service to girls looking for that new addition to their closets! I love seeing people happy and knowing that I helped give someone a little joy in finding something they love. It’s all a process and it takes money to build up to something bigger, and eventually better; I know that nothing like that happens over night, but I’m so excited for the future and seeing what else I can do with Wesley’s!
(I can not wait to see and watch you and Wesley’s grow I love your awesome boutique!)
H: Anything fun and exciting coming for Wesley’s these next few months?
L: For right now, I’m still working on bringing in more inventory, finding some sweet deals along the way to add, and also hopefully being able to add a website before the end of the year!
Lana thank you so much for sitting down with us and letting us get to know you and Wesley’s a little better! I am beyond thrilled for you and your new journey! I am personally already in love with Wesley’s and to get to know the story behind the boutique and owner makes me love it even more! If y’all haven’t yet be sure to check out Wesley’s on Facebook and Instagram! Links are below! Remember readers to always believe in yourself and your dreams, God is your biggest fan and He’s cheering you on and so am I! Keep styling in His Grace and your awesome Style!
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