I’ve come a long way to get here. Born and raised in a little town called Enterprise, Alabama, then moved to Ohio, California, back to Ohio, Georgia and now to Nixa, Missouri, where I feel like I’m back in my hometown community in Alabama.
After having 4 children, (who have given me 8 grandchildren), earning my college degree and many years in the corporate world, I opened a Bridal Shop in Fairfield, Ohio, in the mid-1990’s. Not only did I sell wedding apparel and accessories, but I taught myself computer programs to design custom invitations for weddings, showers, etc. For personalized items, I always ordered from wedding vendors but thought the costs were really outrageous, so I started researching equipment for doing my own and that’s when Personalized For U was born.
Leaving Ohio in 1999, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and expanded my business to include embroidery, color transfers and vinyl. After a life changing event and hours of prayer, God opened the door for me to move here and put my business in the building next to my sister’s business (Doggie Styles Grooming Shop). She introduced me to the fabulous people in this community and helped me get everything ready for my big Grand Opening in March of 2018.
All of my products are custom made but the community is becoming aware of all the different things my business can provide for them. People have ideas in their head for special events or business needs and sit down with me to discuss the final product. (Your Unique idea, our Unique Products)
I want to be a great supporter for needs of the Nixa and Clever Schools and always looking for small charity organizations that I can support and get involved with as well. Over the past 15 years, I have been strongly involved with Domestic Violence Shelters and a strong advocate for teaching women how to become empowered to support themselves and their children. I am also a strong advocate for Veterans and Senior Citizens (since I am one). Sometimes, it seems life pushes these 2 groups to the side after they have given so much to our world.
I love what I do and the smiles I see when people come to pick up their items. I don’t always have the tools to design some items, but I try to refer customers to other businesses that can do the job and even to places where the cost would be less than what I charge.
I am a big supporter of the cottage industry but only those set up as a legitimate business. I am always looking for a legitimate business that offers items and services I don’t.