MEET THE OWNER:
Hi! I’m Lauren- Welcome to The Gemma Shop! I have dreamed about starting my own boutique for most of my life! From playing store in my room as a child to studying fashion merchandising in college, I have always wanted to work in the business of retail. Following college, I started my career in mass specialty retail as a buyer. My priorities changed following the birth of my little ones- I no longer wanted to be at the top of corporate retail. A vision of entrepreneurship was always there but I was too fearful to fully pursue it. Nearly 10 years after starting my career I decided to push through the fear of the unknown and make this dream a reality.
I am a mother to 3 little babes , Giuliana, Eliza and Vincent. You may see an occasional cameo from my husband, Zach, and our supportive family.
I really enjoy growing a business, so on the side, I am a mentor for SCORE where I coach fellow entrepreneurs on building a successful business as well as teach workshops. I am a member of the Westerville Chamber of Commerce and the Uptown Merchant Association.
I’ve spoke at different schools, colleges, and groups of entrepreneurs, sharing about entrepreneurship. You may also see me at other retail or entrepreneur based meetings around the Columbus, Ohio area. Make sure you say “Hi!”
I hope you not only enjoy the assortment offering here at Gemma, but you feel like you are a friend. Come along on the journey with us girl! I am so happy to have you on the ride!
Read more about my story at the blog