When Ann Wolf had again surgical procedure in April and was pressured to spend a number of lengthy weeks at residence to recuperate, the toughest half wasn’t coping with the ache, remembering to take medicine, and even gingerly shifting between her mattress and the sofa a number of instances a day. It was that she couldn’t be at work together with her staff and constant clients.
“Simply final night time, one worker introduced me a beautiful get-well card from a buyer. Others have introduced meals,” Wolf stated. “It’s a enjoyable place the place it’s simple to develop into associates together with your clients. It’s like buying together with your girlfriends.”
She added, “We’re at all times doing occasions and chatting concerning the latest vogue traits. I hope to get again there quickly.”
Wolf’s Brightside Boutique has been proudly serving Highland Village, Flower Mound, Lewisville, and surrounding areas at its present location in The Outlets at Highland Village for 15 years. However its family-owned and operated legacy goes again even additional — all the way in which to 1996 when Ann operated below a unique enterprise identify. Over these two-plus a long time, Brightside has develop into often known as the go-to place for enjoyable and trendy ladies’s clothes, must-have jewellery and equipment, and top-of-the-line Merle Norman Cosmetics.
When you want a makeover for the promenade, a marriage, or one other particular occasion, Brightside can assist. When you’re in search of a denim jacket, cute open-toed sneakers, a Brighton purse, cocktail costume, or Lane boots, they’ve them. When you have a daughter who wants magnificence suggestions and skincare recommendation — effectively, you get the thought.
“It’s all the pieces a girl may need in a single retailer,” Wolf stated with amusing.
That final assertion is the place the story of Brightside actually will get attention-grabbing. Past being a boutique that helps teenagers, tweens, and ladies of all ages really feel stunning, it’s additionally a premier launching pad for women in search of a protected place for his or her first job. Up to now, Wolf has had roughly 30 highschool or faculty ladies select the boutique as their first job — a lot of whom have gone on to be nurses, academics, and fellow entrepreneurs.
Officers at Baylor, TWU, and UNT have additionally reached out to Wolf and despatched ladies to Brightside as interns.
That record of younger staff consists of her personal daughters, Bethany and Bekah. Granted, each are grown now and out of the home, however Bethany is a longtime hairdresser and sometimes nonetheless comes into the shop to assist clients for particular occasions. Bekah has her Grasp’s in counseling and really co-owned Brightside together with her mother for 10 years.
Wolf stated Bekah was the rationale she began the boutique within the first place.
Because the story goes, Bekah was only a younger woman when she was recognized with dyslexia. On the time, specialists feared she wouldn’t be capable to go to varsity or excel on her personal. A former trainer who comes from a household of entrepreneurs, Ann wouldn’t settle for that destiny for her daughter. She purchased her beauty retailer and concurrently homeschooled Bekah at the back of the shop all through junior excessive and highschool. Unsurprisingly, Bekah excelled and is now a third-generation enterprise proprietor.
“I discovered a very long time in the past as a guardian that you just don’t put an enormous outdated ceiling in your youngsters’ success,” Ann stated. She and her husband, Jack, even have two sons, Jonathan and Jesse, who’ve run all the pieces from the money register to dealing with IT and janitorial duties on the retailer. “You are able to do something, and I feel it was helpful for Bekah to be taught at her personal tempo.”
As for going past her personal kids to mentor different younger ladies, Wolf stated these alternatives have been a blessing.
“Via the years, I’ve had moms begging me to rent their daughters. I simply imagine in giving ladies a protected place to work, and in doing so, they be taught precious folks abilities, a little bit about vogue, and even how one can run a enterprise,” Wolf stated. “With the interns, I take them to market and educate them how one can purchase, handle stock, and how one can deal with merchandising. They be taught loads, and it’s such a privilege to mentor them and see them succeed. It means loads.”
For that cause and so many extra, Brightside Boutique has redefined what it means to alter ladies’s lives.
Go to Brightside Boutique at 1400 Shoal Creek, #150 in The Outlets at Highland Village.