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Life & Work with Nicole Sussman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Sussman. 

Hi Nicole, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My love for fashion started at a young age. I would love to shop and put outfits together for not only myself but for people around me. Family and friends would always love the items I had in my personal closet. In college, I would let my friends come raid my closet for an outfit they needed for a special occasion or just take an item I hadn’t worn in a long time. Since many people liked my sense of style, I thought it would be a good idea to open up my own boutique where women can shop items that I hand selected. Just like that Polkadot Pink Boutique was born! Since I wanted to open up my boutique during the pandemic, a mobile boutique sounded like a brilliant idea. I didn’t see any other boutiques around that were mobile and this was the method that made the most sense to me at the time. Being mobile allows me to take my boutique to different cities and reach new customers. I wanted to create a unique experience and be one of a kind in the Tampa Bay area. I operated out of a trailer for almost a year that I built right when the pandemic started. A few months later, I found a truck that was literally meant to be! The truck was partially built out as a boutique already, making it a quick turnaround to get the truck finished and ready to travel around town! You can catch Frita (aka the truck) and I at local markets or just out and about on the weekends!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
From when I opened my boutique to now, there are still obstacles that come up. Everyday I learn something new and find new ways to enhance my business. Opening up a new business is a big process and it’s something that takes time and much patiences. When I started my boutique, I was working a full time job. It was so difficult trying to juggle my full time job and then try to work on my boutique at night. Since I’m the sole owner of the boutique, I am responsible for doing the day to day tasks plus all the extra work to grow my business. Some days can be very hectic! Doing two or three markets per weekend and then working my part time job during the week can get overwhelming. Even though owning a small business can be exhausting, I wouldn’t change this experience for the world! I love what I do and I am so grateful for everything I’ve learned since opening up my boutique!

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Polkadot Pink Boutique is my part-time gig at the moment. Afternoons and evenings along with weekends are spent working on my boutique. You can catch Frita and I mainly on the weekends at different events. Having a truck allows me to do private parties! The truck can be booked for girls’ night, fundraisers, neighborhood parties, bachelorette parties, office parties, etc. We bring the experience of shopping at a boutique to you! All info about booking the truck can be found on our website!

Polkadot Pink Boutique specializes in women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. All items in the boutique are $60 and under. I offer free shipping on all U.S. orders and free local delivery within a 15 mile radius of Seminole, Florida. Polkadot Pink Boutique is one of the only mobile boutiques around the Tampa Bay area. At this time, Polkadot Pink Boutique is only mobile. I am hoping someday to have my own storefront! I strive to carry unique pieces that can only be found in the truck or on our website. I spend countless hours trying to find only the best products for my customers! Since my boutique is mobile, I only carry a limited quantity of each piece. I want every customer to look and feel their best when they make a purchase from my boutique! I try to make sure that every item someone purchases from me is something they love!

How do you define success?
I define success as a customer leaving the truck happy and excited about the purchase they made! I also define success as acquiring new customers and finding great items that sell out! Products that sell out means customers liked what I had to offer which tells me I am bringing the right products to my store! Success for me is also when I see women wearing Polkadot Pink around town or at events that I attend!

Pricing:

All items are $60 and under
Free Shipping on all U.S. Orders & Local Delivery

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