Six years ago, I dreamed of owning my own business. I knew that there was something creative inside of me that was waiting to be born. I remember thinking about my grandmother, affectionately known as "Miss Janie," who had several businesses in the 1950's. She owned her own hair salon, and sold real estate and Avon products. My grandmother and I share the same entrepreneurial spirit.
With a lot of hard work and determination, In February of 2013, I opened my first boutique in the heart of Kenmore, NY as a way to honor my grandmother and to create a legacy. At Janie's Emporium, I take my customers on a trip around the world, where they can purchase unique and one of a kind handcrafted jewelry, accessories, bath & body products, wellness teas, and other specialty gift items from local and international artisans. In September of 2015, I started working my business on a full time basis. As a way to give back to my community, I now mentor individuals and offer business coaching for those looking to start their own business.
-Alisha J. Taggart-Powell
Janie's Emporium Owner and Creative Director