We had the good fortune of connecting with Stacy Holmes and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Stacy, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I had been working for the actor Jack Nicholson for many years and while I enjoyed being on sets and living the Hollywood life for a while, I knew I needed a real LIFE for myself and had talent in sales from prior jobs in my 20’s. I was an on-set assistant, personal assistant and personal shopper for Jack and that meant buying birthday gifts for an A-list of more than 100 celebrity friends of his. While shopping for ladies like Michelle Pfeiffer , Cher and Lara Flynn Boyle, I stumbled upon a gal at Barneys who was creating long chandelier earrings that looked like NOTHING IN any stores.
Since I had been shopping for years for people who already had everything, when I found this exquisite jewelry collection which was only a hobby for this young girl at the time, I knew it was too special to not dig in further. A half a million in sales later ( year 1) and having landed our line in every dream store like Saks and Fred Segal, and with attention and features in every poplar fashion magazine in the nation…we had a thriving business and I left Hollywood to open up my own showroom.

I got to live happily ever after and never looked back.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
As I approach my 18th year as a showroom owner, I for sure have learned so much through trial and error, and continue to learn new things everyday. One of the most valuable lessons I have learned and embrace on a regular basis, is that you are only as strong as your team. Build up those around you so you can trust them and count on them. Invest in your staff in the very ways that would encourage you to want to grow within a company and find the talents and unique qualities within each team member so that their individual strengths can shine. As a sole proprietor and single mom, I know that I cannot do all that it takes to run a successful company on my own. My wonderful staff all provide valuable insights and achievements for my company and I thank God for them everyday.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in OC but my company has to be located in downtown LA in the fashion district. I do not enjoy LA for social activities, as I find the outdated NON – data related tyrannical agenda of our governor to be most oppressive in the heart of this city sadly. In OC however, we can see our residents God given smiles and everyone is breathing freely without masks for the most part.
I pretty much steer clear of LA for anything “fun” related as I would surely not be ok with being shamed for wanting to breathe through my 2 main airways or showing my smile to those who need that normal human interaction….which is ALL of us.

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Working in restaurants from age 15-25 gave me SO much knowledge in how to deal expertly with people, work in chaos while giving the customers satisfaction and joy, and make it look effortless. I worked my way up from dishwasher, to busgirl to hostess to waitress to manager and learned pretty much all the foundational info I needed for many jobs thereafter. I do not care much about a persons education on our applications for new hires, as much as I do life experience, personality and drive. When interns have restaurant work on their resume for example, I know they likely have a good foundation for success if they stuck it out and climbed the ladder in that industry. I also am so thankful for my work in sales when I was only 21-22 in a crazy multi-level marketing company where I had mastered the art of making a sale anywhere anytime. I literally would make sales by sneaking into office buildings, and would go right to the bosses office, hiding from the front desk and security, to get the boss to buy salon treatments for their whole staff. I would do sales in the parking lots, and even at mall food courts. That job gave me total confidence that I had what it takes to work with people and close deals!

Website: agencyshowroom.com

Image Credits
One photo is Agency owner + staff, with team mascot Finley. The others are showroom pics

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