We had the good fortune of connecting with Sonja Kness and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sonja, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The thought started when the shutdowns began in March. Because festivals and events were being cancelled for spring and summer, that greatly limited my ability to sell inventory out of my mobile boutique. I figured I might as well kick my five year plan into gear and obtain a permanent location that I could be at consistently. The circumstances also allowed me to find a great location in downtown Loveland at Cleveland Station, (an older building undergoing considerable renovations). We started renovations in September and opened our doors December 10th.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’m most excited about the amazing space I’ve carved out for my boutique. Having a permanent space is something I thought would take much longer. The exposed brick and ceiling and the fabulous windows are great for displays and really give me a great backdrop for my unique style. Stepping way outside my comfort zone and asking people for help was huge in making Boutique by Sonja what you see. Was it easy? No but learning to network and having people who are doing the same thing you’re doing, people who have been there who can guide, counsel and mentor or at least point you in the right direction and having peace that God is in control is the best way to overcome the challenges that inevitably happen. My brand is an extension of me, from what the inside looks like to the styles and items to the window and store front design. The tagline is boho, west, chic, and the items I bring into the boutique are carefully curated to speak to one or all of those styles, Chances of you seeing the same items anywhere else in town is extremely low. I want what the boutique offers to be as unique as you!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Northern Colorado is such a great area. There are so many great local places between Loveland, Fort Collins, Windsor, Berthoud and Estes. A trip to RMNP is an absolute must, and a day paddle-boarding at one of our lakes/reservoirs is my favorite pastime. Lunch and dinner in Old Town or downtown Loveland and a relaxing time at Sweetheart Winery by the river is also high on my list.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh my goodness, so many people have helped me in this journey! It started with a business small group at my church Citipointe NOCO. That’s where I met Pat Hess, owner of Holsinger Drywall and Clay Caldwell, owner of Betta Gumbo. Their guidance, support, advice, counsel and encouragement have been monumental and it would have taken me a heck of a lot longer to get where I’m at today. Of course all the dirty work and construction couldn’t have happened without my family, my parents drove up from Southern Colorado, my husband Cory, numerous girlfriends and even our four kids kicked in and helped. Since starting my renovations at the building the Loveland Downtown Business Association and all my neighbors have been incredibly supportive. Sharing my posts, promoting me and sharing the love, Redwing Shoes Johnstown, The Cupcake Gypsies and NOCO Style Magazine!
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