She describes herself as someone with a bubbly upbeat personality ALWAYS up for a good time! “I love to camp, travel & eat yummy food! I'm married to my best friend in the world and mommy to the sassiest 5 year old you've ever met! Two years ago I beat breast cancer so I am proud to say that I am a survivor!! Every day is chance to be a true joy in someone's else’s life...and that's what I try to be.”
She says her greatest accomplishment is finding true undeniable happiness in her life. “I can honestly say that I've never been happier in my entire life and I know it is 100% because I've realized the secret to a lovely life is gratefulness. I am grateful every day for everyone and everything in it.
Five months ago she opened Haute Madre. “I knew I wanted to open a women's thrift shop based on my love of clothes and even deeper love of getting a deal! I wanted a shop where women could not only come to find a hot shirt at a hot price...but also an overall enjoyable experience. A place she can come and unwind, see some great clothes and really the overall atmosphere of being welcomed to shop. It's basically like being invited to shop your best friend’s closet,” she explains.
Michelle credits many strong women in her life as mentors, including her mother. “She ALWAYS told me how incredible I was and how she knew I would have a bright future. I feel like that undeniable belief and support allowed me to truly believe in myself,” she says.
Michelle’s biggest struggle has been making people aware of Haute Madre. “I've been open long enough to know that my formula works. Good Clothes + Great Atmosphere = Awesome Experience. The majority of my customers are returns so I know I'm doing something right. Now I just need to gain the exposure to bring in more fabulous ladies,” she explains.
She advises new business owners to just go for it. “If you believe in yourself and your business, other people will, too. When someone is excited & passionate about their business it truly shows and people love seeing authentic passion and pride. So if you're serious about doing something...Go for it! Do one thing every day that helps you move toward your master plan. You’ve got this and there are tons of ladies willing to hold your hand until you're ready to Jump in! Come on in...The water's fine!!”
Michelle’s ideal referral are thrifters looking for stylish statement pieces at amazing prices. “I love when someone comes in expecting a bargain mart but is blown away to find their new fave place to come shop and hang out with a gal pal or two,” she says.
Michelle offers MOBs 20% off any purchase in her shop.
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Facebook & Instagram: @hautemadre