We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Polite and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Starting a business has always been a passion of mine since I was a child. I decided to pursue my passion on February 14, 2020 and open a women’s fashion boutique which caters to women of all shapes and sizes. I wanted to have all size apparel because I am a tall plus size women who always hated shopping because I could never find anything trendy in my size. I wanted to bring awareness to full figure women showing that we too are confident and love to shop in style.
What should our readers know about your business?
TopLine Royalty Boutique is a women’s fashion boutique that caters to women of all shapes and sizes. We offer celebrity inspired looks for both small and plus size women, fashion jewelry, stylish handbags, & etc. Our mission is have all women feeling confident when shopping and for every women to find their personal style and apparel that fit their body right. I started my own business because I wanted to show my son that you can do whatever you want to do as long as you put your mind to it and I wanted to leave a legacy for him and provide better opportunities for his future. I learned that running a business isn’t as easy as a lot of people may think. You will face a lot of challenges along the way and this will prove if you are capable of running a business. As an entrepreneur never be afraid to take risks and continue to explore new ideas. The most important thing I learned is that you must brand yourself and network and be consistent.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am from Charleston, SC which is a very historic city. The best place to go is in the heart of Charleston which is Downtown near the Market area. Their are a lot of different vendors that sell handmade products such as sweet grass baskets, soaps and souvenirs. You will also find some of the best restaurants such as Charleston Grill, Hyman’s Seafood, Revival, Poogan’s Smokehouse, Fleet Landing, Oak Steakhouse and etc. There are tons of bars and upscale stores for shopping such as, Gucci, Pandora, Louis Vuitton and etc. There also the area which is call the battery which is a water attraction where you can see the ocean, palmetto trees, boat rides, horse rides and The Civil War historic site. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank and shout out my grandfather Robert Patterson who always push me to work hard and never settle for less. I would also like to thank my son Kawuan Yelverton who inspires me to get up everyday knowing failure isn’t an option in my life.
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