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Hidden Gems: Meet Jessica Thornton of Dress with Jess

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Thornton.

Hi Jessica, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I launched my business in May of 2020 just shortly after Covid hit. It’s been quite a journey from then to now. At first, it started off as a hobby but I’ve grown to love what I do and I became serious about it. Life happened and I had to put a hold on Dress with Jess. I made the decision to step back into Dress with Jess and did a relaunch in October 2021/ rebrand with a new logo and everything. Since I started my business back in 2020, I’ve definitely grown much more in my business.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Definitely wasn’t a smooth road at all. I feel that starting a business is about learning and when you make a mistake learn from it. I didn’t really have anyone I could go to ask questions I really just researched things. Found me a vendor for my items I would like to sell and kind of went from there. The most important lesson I’ve learned on this journey is to be organized and make sure I’m maintaining and staying true to my goals and mission for the overall brand. My advice would be to do research in the type of business you want to pursue. Also, I recommend networking. It’s a great opportunity to meet other small business owners in the area and getting more involved. Some of those entrepreneurs have more experience so don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I sell slippers for both men and women big kids and toddlers, I have apparel, and purses or handbags & just recently I just started hosting dress with Jess present pop up shops for small businesses.

What makes you happy?
What makes me happy is seeing those great reviews from happy customers who has purchased from me. I love to see those customer cams!

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