If we were going to make a colossal life change, I wanted it to be different this time around. I wanted to do something fun. I wanted to get up in the morning and actually want to go to work. This earth is supposed to be life’s playground after all, right? If I was to succeed both in business and spiritually, I knew I had to make work fun! I always loved playing dress up as most little and big girls do, I always loved make-up, purses, jewelry and let’s not forget shoes! So there it was, fashion was part of our destination!
Read Ginger's Story.Visiting the warm, sunny south as our family annually did, we fell in love with tropical birds, dancing palm trees, aqua crystal waters, white sandy beaches and cheerful hellos from passersby as we browsed our favorite shopping destination. Everything was so bright, upbeat, enjoyable and alive at St. Armands Circle! We had found our haven, we just had to put the rest of the pieces together of life’s journey. If we were going to make a colossal life change, I wanted it to be different this time around. I wanted to do something fun. I wanted to get up in the morning and actually want to go to work. This earth is supposed to be life’s playground after all, right? If I was to succeed both in business and spiritually, I knew I had to make work fun! I always loved playing dress up as most little and big girls do, I always loved make-up, purses, jewelry and let’s not forget shoes! So there it was, fashion was part of our destination!
Why Apricot Lane.While researching the merchant and fashion field, I stumbled across the franchise Apricot Lane Boutique. They were the perfect opportunity, as I had never worked in retail before (I sure had lots of experience on the other side of the cash register though!). The next question was, how? I once read, you don’t need to have all the answers up front, just start taking the steps forward and you will figure it out as you go along. As the old saying goes, “nothing ventured, nothing gained!” Anxiousness and fear of starting your own business are real, but once you look deep inside yourself, confidence overcomes and turns your dreams into reality.
Anxiousness and fear of starting your own business are real, but once you look deep inside yourself, confidence overcomes and turns your dreams into reality.
The American Dream.One by one they’ve joined me. My family, my husband, my girls, two pups and myself have relocated to sunny Sarasota. We’ve had quite the journey, we’ve flown across the country a few times meeting new people, making new friends, learning new things and experiencing a whole new life. These are all wonderful things we never would have encountered without the courage to just “start”. My journey has brought my family closer together, not only geographically but respectfully. We rely on each other, we laugh together, we each step up to the plate as needed and we really are enjoying each other along the way! We are having fun! Our store, Apricot Lane Boutique St. Armands Circle, is family owned and operated. We created something from nothing. We truly are living the American dream and you can, too! Make sure to to check out more about Ginger’s Sarasota store AND shop all of the seasons most popular styles from Apricot Lane! Stay tuned as we highlight more Apricot Lane stores around the country and the hardworking #MomBoss that is behind each one.Originally posted in City Moms Blog
DELRAY BEACH, FL- Apricot Lane Boutique owner, Barry Shapiro runs his South Florida locations along with his son Matt Shapiro, going to work together and creating a truly a modern day family business. Sharing his expertise in the retail world with him in hopes he can take over the successful businesses they have created one day- perhaps a Father’s Dream. As impressed as Shapiro is with his son’s dedication and determination to the business it was in fact a circumstance outside the boutique that created the most sense of pride.
As many customers of Shapiro’s South Florida stores may know, May is the most important month for this family, Lupus Awareness is the families greatest charitable mission. Developing in store events such as the Girls Night Out Parties where ALL proceeds from the evening were matched by Shapiro and 100% donated to the Lupus Foundation of America South Florida Chapter. The store also is giving a free summer tote bag to anyone making a $10 donation in store. Straight donations can be made to his personal page at this link as well.
Personally touched by this disease after Shapiro’s youngest son Jeff was diagnosed with Lupus, it was in fact in 2014 when he needed a kidney transplant as a complication of this disease. Shapiro’s oldest son and work companion, Matt Shapiro donated that kidney to his brother after discovering he was a perfect match. Without a second thought, and of course an excused leave from the family business, the family became closer then ever imaginable. “Phyllis and I are incredibly proud of our children for the men they have become but overwhelmed by their bravery in the face of such unexpected adversity.” explained Shapiro. “It is an absolute nightmare to see your children laying side by side in a hospital waiting with each other to go in for major organ transplant surgery. This disease which affects 1.5 million Americans and over 100,000 of them here in Florida needs a voice. On a day like that day in the hospital Phyllis and I knew that we needed to be among those shouting out the need for awareness.” He continued.
"Working with our son every single day, going to retail shows buying together and building our business together truly makes it feel like its Father's Day every day of the year. It is an amazing gift” explained Shapiro. “Now the opportunity to use our business to help spread the word about Lupus and raise money is what being a business owner is all about,” said Shapiro.
Jeff Shapiro is now living in North Carolina, healthy and thriving thanks to the dedication of family.
Apricot Lane multi-store owner Shapiro comes from an extensive resume in the retail industry. Holding positions such as President of Retail Division for Perry Ellis International. Sr. VP of Operations for Chicos, Sr. VP and Director of Stores for Saks 5th Ave Outlets, Executive VP of Operations for Ann Taylor and Regional Vice President for Lord and Taylor. He chose to open Apricot Lane and go the franchise route after a lifetime in corporate America because he liked the plans in place for the flexibility and his own ability to buy based on demographics and customer requests, ability to support causes important to him and potential to host events that give back in his community.
Apricot Lane’s in South Florida features trend setting fashion apparel, jewelry, shoes, handbags, and accessories to create must have high fashion looks for an affordable price for both mothers and daughters, teens through 50’s looking for cutting edge styles and promises to embody all the characteristics that appeal to shoppers: a great selection of apparel and accessories, a warm and welcoming environment, and genuine, honest customer service and style advice. Whether someone is looking for a great pair of jeans to create a casual look, or a classy outfit to enjoy a night out on the town, Apricot Lane has the brands and accessories to express an individual’s style.
About Apricot Lane Boutique:
Apricot Lane is a member of the popular Country Visions, Inc. franchise, specializing in offering a high variety of fashion-forward styles, accessories and gift items at affordable prices. The franchise offers a new mix of merchandise both online and in-store, and offers customers the ability to build a unique style. Approaching system wide sales of $50 million and growing at a pace of 20-30 stores per year provides new resources and opportunities system wide that will keep Apricot Lane Boutique on top as a fashion trend leader and top retail franchise.
Contact: Stacey Graham Stacey@sgprgroup.com 310.343.0451