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I’m a run by the seat of my pants gal,a bit of a free spirit. I love people and laughing is my favorite thing to do! I’m a 47 year old mom and grand mother, (Mima) to our precious 2 years old Ella. We have three grown well adjusted children that we are so very proud of. We have a 24 yr. old daughter, Laura, and she is married to a fantastic KY guy. They are expecting their first child. Our middle son Mike 22,is married to a wonderful TN gal and they have a baby. Mike is working and finishing a degree. Our youngest is Daniel, 19 and he is a freshman in college.
We are empty nesters. I have been married to a wonderful, patient, strong and successful man for twenty five and a half years. We have a very strong bond with our family.
I have been a stay at home mom and a working mom. For the early years I was blessed to stay at home with our children and have an office away from our home when I needed it for appointments and meetings. We opened a jewelry wholesale business in the mid-1980's and began a retail business in 1995. Our daughter had some health problems for several years that kept her from attending school on a daily basis so we closed our business in 2000. My husband thought that I may want to re-open our store possibly around the Christmas holiday since that was always our make or break season. We had been successful but it was an easy decision to care for our daughter instead of run the business. I could not do both since he worked full time as the VP of an area college and was involved in politics. My husband asked me if I did not want to re-open the store, would I be interested in him trying to advance in his career and consider him looking into a job back in TN. We did and my husband is the CFO for The University of the South in Sewanee.
It has been an awesome move!
Last year my daughter-in-law and I opened a new business called Chrissy and Coco. [Link Removed] We make jewelry and I designed a logo (my sign on icon for fabulously 40) that is embroidered on clothing, hats and accessories. The business happened as an outlet for her and me to have something to do. She was from Nashville and I knew how difficult it would be to live in a very small college town and be pregnant. YIKES! We did well until April when my husband had a motorcycle accident, he was not able to work, walk or drive for a little while. He is better now and on the mend. I/we are currently trying to breathe new life into our business. And we are sooooo excited! We still hope for REAL success and that takes time.
Through success in business and our efforts for it to reach its highest potential; initiative, determination and outreach can go a long way. So, look who's wearing our crown!
We come from humble beginnings but we dream big and we know that our top priority is not only to design a logo to put on women's clothes and accessories but to be a positive influence to everyone that we come in contact with. And to be committed to giving back 10% to outreach programs. We want to enrich the lives of everyone that we touch and some that we may never have the opportunity of knowing. We are a family business that will not work on Sundays for both practical and spiritual reasons. We have dubbed our business a calling. So, Sundays we will spent in worship, visiting family and friends and resting so that come Monday, we are committed, positive and productive people all week long. Our hope is that you always feel that our products stand up to your standards and ours of excellence.
When we say the business has been a calling...we say it with meaning. We have been lead by determination and encouragement that I cannot explain. And we have always felt lead by a spirit of giving.
I designed the logo with a cross in the center, I’m from the gulf coast so I added the fleur-de-lis(sign of prosperity), it has a full medallion and there are shapes that represent stepping stones. Those represent the steps we take on our rode through life and the outer circle is the circle of life. There is a large crown tilted to the left and it represents the "crown of glory". Our business name is derived from Christina (co-owner and daughter-in-law) hence, Chrissy. And “Coco” is what Christina called me because I make these chocolate cakes with an angel item inside the box. That is another story but you would have to look up the Sewanee angel story on the University of the South’s site to understand.
When Christina saw the logo she immediately thought that it would be beautiful on clothing. I was thinking it was for jewelry tags! So, that is a little history on how we got started.