Cigi's Boutique

Cigi's Story

My Story...

I knew from a very early age that I wanted a career in fashion. I can remember sketching designs in elementary school! My first job was in retail. I studied fashion design/marketing at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, TN. After graduating in 2006, I moved to Atlanta. I worked in the wholesale fashion industry, directly with designers and buyers. I would sell merchandise to stores similar to mine. My territory was Virginia, all the way down to Florida. I studied the buying habits of my successful clients. I also would take note of the boutiques that were not successful. I credit the success of my business today, to my background in wholesale. This position lead me to my dream job at AmericasMart. I was a Tradeshow Sales Manager, and loved EVERY second of it. If you would have told me that I would be moving back to Tennessee to open my own store, I would have told you that's INSANE!! However, I am firm believer that God's plan is better than mine! I will spare you on all the cheesy, Hallmark movie details, but I ended up following my heart and moving back to Tennessee in April 2014. This was after a lot of prayers, and a strong sense of peace in my decision to move back, even though I had NO PLAN?! Who does that?! Well let me tell you, if the Lord ever gives you a sense of peace after you have prayed about it, just go with it. After all, isn't that what faith is all about?? Sometimes things have to fall apart before they can fall perfectly into place, and that is exactly what happened! ★ One thing lead to another, and Cigi's was born on November 1, 2014. These past 3 years have been AMAZING. My business is thriving, I married my soulmate, and have now launched an e-commerce site. I am so thankful to my loyal customers, and the Upper Cumberland for supporting my dream! I look forward to many more years of growth and success for Cigi's! 

“I always wanted to be an entrepreneur but I thought it would be later in life. Every morning it’s like, ‘Pinch me – is this real?’ I’m my own boss and I love doing this. It does not feel like work at all.
— Cigi

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