By: Staff Report
There comes a time in every family’s life when a strong challenge tests event the strongest of bonds. For Nikki Poles and her family, it was what plagued many families since the decline of the U.S. economy in 2008 – job layoffs.
When her husband lost his job that same year, this stay at home mother and her family were left with many doubts and no income.
“It was a very stressful time for my family and I,” said Poles. “There were times when we simply had no money in our savings account and my husband had taken odd jobs to make ends meet.”
Although her husband soon found a sales position, it wasn’t enough to keep the family afloat, and Poles took to her own creative skills-set to pull the family out of situation they were headed.
Poles realized she always received compliments on her kids’ one-of-a-kind accessories from friends, family and even strangers. She customized their bows, headbands, beanies and even bejeweled their sneakers with Swarovski Crystals. It wasn’t long before people began placing orders on different accessories for their own kids.
She took advantage of this turn of events.
With her vision, creativity, a small investment, her accessories hobby quickly turned into a business. Lil Bowtique was launched in 2010. The mini-enterprise features fun, customized accessories for babies, toddlers and young girls.
“I had to do what was best for my family, which was to take a leap of faith, invest the last of our savings and launch my business,” says Poles.
A few years later, this leap of faith has boomed into a fashion boutique that continues to keep accessories fun and funky for kids.