2019: A Year of Inspiration
2019 is coming to a close and we are about to enter 2020. The other day, I was thinking back to when I was in sixth grade in the 1960’s. Back then, the year 2000 seemed so futuristic and so far away. As that kid, I wondered to myself, “Where will I be in the year 2000 and what will I be doing?” So, here it is decades later and I’m doing exactly what I was destined to do. I’ve been an entrepreneur since 1983 and I’m proud of all that I have achieved as an independent woman’s business owner. I love what I do. I love the excitement of going to market for buying; I love when new product arrives in the stores; I love being able to work with my amazing staff and with great customers like you.
Here I am in sixth grade. The fashion bug had already hit me!
2019 was an inspiring and successful year, both for me personally and for Lori’s. New goals were met and new vendors were discovered. We continued to build our brand, L’idea by Lori, expanded our clothing business with a fresh assortment, and continued to grow our online internet presence. And, I was inspired by fellow women entrepreneurs, like Esther Fishman and Pam Rose, who shared stories of their successful businesses.
On a personal note, I’ve spent time enjoying our wonderful family and, most importantly, our grandson Dylan. As our family grows, so does our staff at Lori’s. You will still recognize all the familiar faces, along with a few new additions, helping our business grow. Maybe you’ve even met our amazing son, Matthew, who is working along side us.
For those of you who may not be aware, my husband, Brian, was diagnosed with ALS in the fall of 2016. You may have shopped during the month of May for ALS awareness and the “You Shop, We Give” campaign for our foundation, I AM ALS. I am happy to write that Brian continues to do well and we continue to raise money and awareness to find cures. Even our dear friend, Steve Madden, has been incredibly supportive, along with so many of our amazing customers and friends who’ve joined our fight. You can read about all the great work we are doing to find cures at: www.iamals.org
I’ve included a few photographic moments to remind myself that I continue to love what I do; love the people and the product. In 2020, I will continue to work hard for you, our customers, who I so appreciate and who inspire me everyday to be a better buyer, better employer, better retailer, better wife, sister, mother, daughter and friend.
Here’s to 2020! Good health, happiness and as always, good shoes!