Kendra Epperson fell into Brave Boutique by accident.
After years of working as a dental hygienist the stress of the job was starting to take a toll on her mentally and physically. She considered starting a job on the side that interested her more and allowed her to praise God, she said.
“I always wanted a way to glorify God. I thought, ‘I’m cleaning teeth. What can I do?’” Epperson said.
After trial and error she started selling clothing and gift items. She hosted her first trunk show in December 2015 and made $5,000, prompting her to start an online store.
After running an online business for a few months Epperson looked for a storefront. She opened the first Brave Boutique in Seabrook in August 2016.
“… This is just me being brave, you know? This is me changing my career from something I never thought I could change,” Epperson said.
In June 2018 she opened a League City location, which is closer to her League City home.
The boutique sells girl’s and women’s clothing for children all the way through seniors and carries adult sizes ranging from extra small to 3X. The store also sells accessories and home goods, including candles and soaps.
“We try to have something for everybody. We want to have something for the high school [or]college girl, and we want to have something for her grandmother,” Epperson said. “We want to be somewhere where you can just run in, and you need a shirt for an occasion and a birthday gift for that occasion, you can get it all here.”
However, picking out the best items is not always easy, especially when trying to appeal to various tastes.
“The biggest challenge is staying ahead of the game,” Epperson said.
Epperson has learned to delegate.
“To do something like this you have to be that Type A personality, but that will kill you,” Epperson said.
The business also gives 10 percent of every purchase to a nonprofit of the customer’s choosing. The business gives anywhere from $6,000-$10,000 to nonprofits monthly, Epperson said.
“The biggest reward is seeing something I did being successful and writing those checks at the end of the month,” Epperson said. “That feels really good.”
3729 E. League City Parkway, League City
2900 E. NASA Parkway, Ste. 260, Seabrook
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