Wow, let's just say it has been a ride of ups and downs the past 6 years and we want to thank you for following along through it all! If you're new to following us, here's a glimpse into what our journey has been up until now!
This year marks 6 years that we have been in business and it has been a blessing to continue to serve our customers every single day. What started as a jewelry business in my spare bedroom has now turned into 3 storefronts and an e-commerce site. We have a wonderful VGB crew and we couldn't manage all of this without them- love you girls to pieces.
Okay on to our story.. I will try to keep this short for ya. In 2013, I started creating jewelry not thinking that it would turn into my dream of owning a boutique. With the help of friends and family spreading the word, I was given the opportunity to make this side hustle into my full time job. I worked full time for 2 years while creating and selling jewelry during the evenings and weekends. I did every craft show, event, and home party I could to build a wonderful clientele who have now become great friends of ours! It came to a point where I was faced with taking that leap of faith of leaving that secure paycheck and health benefits to opening a storefront. Welp.. you guessed it, I took the leap and have not looked back since.
In 2015, VGB Dormont was our first location and has been through 5 renovations! Yes.. 5... I am tired just thinking about it haha. This recent renovation we have done was completed right before Covid and then you know what came next. So if you haven't been to the Dormont boutique within the past year, we would love for you to check out the newest renovation!
In 2017, we opened our second location right in Washington, PA in a shopping plaza. This location was challenging for us, because it was much larger and was in a brand new plaza. This meant more merchandise, acquiring new customers, and managing 2 locations at once. Let me tell ya, I have had experience of managing 5 stores as a district manager, but when it's your own with limited resources, it is a whole new ball game.
It took some time to adjust, build a team, and to find our customers. Luckily, with a lot of hard work, tweaking the selection of merchandise, and finding the right team of employees, we have been able to continue to grow. We currently have our friends from Oui Glam Makeup & Skincare Studio sharing the Washington space with us and it has been the best fit! Our Washington location is our largest location with the most selection of merchandise. If you are looking for a little bit of everything, then this is the VGB spot to visit.
In 2019, we expanded once again and opened our third location in Coraopolis, PA. A little crazy, right? Once we saw the cute town of Coraopolis, we knew it would be a great fit for us. It is our smallest location, but has the biggest heart. We are grateful for the love and support the Cory community has given us as the "New Kids" on the block.
We are beyond grateful to still be standing after the rough year 2020 brought to all of us. With the support and love from of our customers we were able to pull through and can only go up from here. We cannot thank our customers enough for following us, shopping with us, and becoming family to us.
As for what's next for VGB... you'll have to wait and see. But, a dream of ours is to open a boutique at the beach.. any beach.. with lots of sunshine and daiquiri's. Sounds nice doesn't it? #retirementgoals
Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about our journey! If you are local to the Pittsburgh area, we would love for you to celebrate with us at our 6 year anniversary party taking place on Thursday, April 1st from 6-8pm at our Dormont location. To register your spot for the party, click here to be on the VIP list.
Cheers to 6 Years!
Timeline of photos over the past 6 years