Alisha is the owner and fashion curator of Janie’s Emporium in Kenmore NY. A woman of many dexterities and trades she opened up the Emporium in 2010 while working at the UB School of Nursing. “ I always knew I wanted to open my own business” said Alisha, “ I wanted to work for myself ”. She did, and quickly learned how to put her boots on the ground and research where to source her products for her vision. Alisha even created pop up shops in her early years specializing in Jewelry. She soon found herself traveling to New York City and Canada attending trade shows and local events looking for beautiful unique items to sell. It was a lot of smoke and mirrors in the beginning but she has been able to stay resilient, trust her intuition and believe in the growth of her vision.
“ My grandmother was a businesswoman, ... and my mother was a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology”
The elements of her vision were influenced by her grandmother and mother, two powerful woman who put their creativity and business savvy into play into their life careers. “ When I was younger you would always find me flipping through my mother's sketches and fabric swatches” commented Alisha when asked when her passion started. Ms. Taggart, her mother, also hand made a lot of Alisha’s clothing when she was little so she is not foreign to the concept of personal style and fit. Alisha also grew up watching her grandmother, Jane, run multiple businesses at once while making a positive impact in her community. The legacy of her late grandmother was the driving inspiration to the name Janie’s Emporium.
Today Janie's Emporium is an internationally inspired boutique which provides customers a chance to explore natural methods of self care as well as indulge in unique apparel, home accents and accessories. Stop by Janie’s Emporium and become immersed in an environment built to help you experience yourself in new ways as well as travel the world.
MELISSA O. SCOTT
VISUAL INTERN SUNY COLLEGE OF BUFFALO