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Apricot Lane St. Armands Circle Featured in City Mom’s Blog


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apricot_lane_fashion_engaged-featured-9-16-16 Meet Ginger – mom, grammies, fashion lover, and business owner.  She’s been known to spoil her fabulous four grandchildren first with love, then with goodies! After 31 years of wedded bliss to her high school sweetheart and three beautiful daughters, family is everything to her.  Crafts, art, and the designing of anything always peaked her interest, but it’s the small things in life that really embrace her – smiling, laughing, loving, being a little crazy (okay, a lot crazy!), making memories, and family devotion. Her family is the real reason she wanted to start a business. Ginger knows succeeding at her own business brings in extra money to treat her family to enjoyable trips, delectable dinners, fun outings, and ultimately having something of value to leave behind for her offspring. Ginger also wanted to set a good example for her children and g-kids by teaching them that you truly can do or be anything you want in life if you really go after it.  And today, City Moms Blog Network is thrilled to share her story and successes with Apricot Lane.
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! ginger

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. women
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. store front
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Best Summer Looks To Copy From Bloggers This Summer


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5 Transitional Pieces For In-Between Weather


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Even though spring has officially sprung, these early days of spring are unpredictable when it comes to the weather forecast. It’s all too common for temperatures to rise to the 70s or 80s one day and plummet to the 30s or 40s the next. With that said, having an array of items in your closet that will layer easily, keep you warm or cool when needed is a must. Check out our favorite transitional pieces below. Chambray shirt A chambray shirt is a perfect transitional option than a lightweight but can be matched with a sweater or scarf for cooler days.woman posing Image Source: Upbeat Soles woman posing 2 Image Source: Pinterest Aimee_song_of_style_denim_shirt_ripped_denim_jeans_christian_louboutin_pumps Image Source: Song of Style Trench coat Having a long, robe-style trench coat is one of those investment pieces you'll own for many years. Trench coats are the perfect weight, the perfect length, and the perfect shape, for those in-between days. aimee_song_trench_coat_and_skinny_jeans Image Source: Song of Style rmuayw-l-610x610-sincerely+jules-blogger-dress-trench+coat-quote-graphic+tee-stan+smith Image Source: Where To Get It Le-Fashion-Blog-Trench-Coat-Chambray-Shirt-Cut-Off-Denim-Shorts-Via-Jess-Stein-Tuula-Vintage Image Source: Pinterest Tights Tights are the best way to keep your legs warm on those not so warm days that you want to wear skirts or dresses.With-skirts-and-boots Image Source: Song of Style 500x750-tights-skirt-1-_zps09319d0c Image Source: Straight Into Style Fab Fashion With-a-pair-of-denim-shorts Image Source: Pinterest Long-sleeved dress Wearing a dress that has sleeves will help keep you cozy on those in-between days. You can also add a cardigan for extra warmth.Dale Steliga - Savvy Spice fashion blog -long sleeve lace H&M dress 34.95 nude heels Stella & Dot necklace Image Source: The Pippa Effect Sukilynn Image Source: Dallas Wardrobe aimee_song_of_style_gucci_resort_lace_dress_gucci_crossover_metallic_sandals_gucci_red_bag Image Source: Song of Style Cardigan Cardigans are perfect for in-between weather because you stay cozy without having a heavy winter looking coat or sweater on.aimee_song_of_style_chanel_sling_backs_cuffed_jeans-1 Image Source: Song of Style long-cardigans-outfits-2 Image Source: FashionTag.com long-cardigans-outfits-4 Image Source: FashionTag.com

New Apricot Lane Boutique in Fort Collins Featured in Biz West


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A veteran of the technology industry in Northern Colorado is making a radical career change, planning to open a women’s apparel boutique in Old Town Fort Collins.

Judy McLean, who had been web-development manager at meat processor JBS USA in Greeley, will open Colorado’s second location of the Apricot Lane franchise on April 15 at 119 W. Oak St.

“I have an entrepreneur spirit and I was tired of forcing a square peg into a round hole. It was time to follow my heart,” McLean said. “I’ve received great support from others who have made similar moves. This new journey feels natural.”

The store will replace Fine Art and Frame Co., which on March 1 will move its gallery and showroom across the pedestrian mall to 148 W. Oak St. Its frame shop, however, will remain downstairs at 119 W. Oak, with an entrance on the south end of the building.

Although Apricot Lane is a franchise, McLean said she will have the flexibility to tailor her women’s clothing and jewelry selections to local tastes. The 1,900-square-foot space is being decorated with brick walls, chandeliers and comfortable seating.

McLean chose the spot to tap into the “exciting and eclectic” vibe of Old Town. “I want that same feeling of anticipation to continue when they walk into my shop.”

Apricot Lane will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays.

Vacaville, Calif.-based Country Visions Inc. opened its first Apricot Lane store in 2007. It now supports more than 75 franchise stores in 29 states, with plans to open 15 to 20 more each year. Its other Colorado location is at the Shops at Southglenn in Centennial.

Fine Art and Frame Co.’s new showroom “will be an expanded venue of local, regional and international art for the public, corporate and in-home showings,” said owner Wendy Foster. “We are reinventing and diversifying our business model to improve and cater to our clients’ interests as we remain integrally involved in the art community.”

Founded more than 20 years ago, the business caters to hotels and resorts; health-care facilities; corporate offices and private residences, providing access to artists, custom framing; installation, certified appraisals, cataloguing and documenting of art collections advice about proper care and conservation of artworks, and art-restoration services.

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