It’s been tough to write what with my brain flooded with flood information etc etc.
I do feel like I need to talk about my beautiful store and my beautiful staff and my beautiful clients and friends….
When I was 26 yrs old I opened Peper Apparel here in Hoboken. The reasons I opened the shop ended up being completely different than the reasons I’ve kept at it for 17 yrs. I dreamed of being local while working. I had aspirations of having a space where I could be “all business” or be creative. I saw my fellow shop owner (and now good friend!), Diane sitting with her husband doing crosswords at the cafe in the morning instead of rushing onto the bus to NYC. I did always like…ok LOVE…clothes. And shoes. And people.
As I look back at it all now I can still see where the shop has served the purposes I set out for it to. I now realize that Peper has been the most enriching, inspiring, stressful, joyous, life-defining thing I ever could have embarked on at 26. The people alone who walk in my door are enough to make me want to get up in the morning. The things my staff have taught me will stay with me always. The community connection I now have to my absolute favorite city is so special. I have wealth beyond my wildest dreams in terms of these things.
I have to say thank you to all the lovely ladies (and men) who’ve shared with me and my staff their stories, lives, and patronage. This would just be my “job” if it weren’t for you!
It also must be said that I have had the most incredible sales team any store-lady could want. My lovely ladies warm my heart with their generosity, patience, humor, loyalty, and never-ending love for my kids.
Today I’m celebrating all that has kept me going through this long 17 yrs and I particularly toast my gorgeous team: Adriana, Arthur, Brenda, Courtney, Craig, Kali, Mayra, Tamara, and Yomaira. I love you!!!
I look forward to years to come here at Peper and Parlor!!