Career background / highlights: I spent 10-plus years in various roles at Sherwin Williams including Store Manager, Sales Rep and District Color Program Manager. Sherwin Williams provides extensive sales training for their employees and I learned many skills I was able to take with me and apply to my own business. In 2018 I founded Pure Vita; a year later I opened Pure Vita Modern Apothecary.
Community commitment: We strive to help in our community when we can. One need that so often goes overlooked is menstrual supplies for girls and women. I created Positive Period, a program in my store where I have a basket full of menstrual supplies with a sign that says, “Take what you need and leave what you can!” I initially filled the basket and now my customers keep it full. I donate excess supplies to local outreach programs.
Favorite professional moment: Hearing feedback from my customers, which remind me that the risks I took to get here were so worth it!
Who is your role model / mentor?
My grandmother, who was born in 1930, was both a mother and a career woman in the 1950s, rare for the time. My mother graduated college with a degree in marketing but made a career being an astrologer. Both taught me that with hard work, determination and passion I can achieve anything I put my mind to and do it with kindness and compassion for others.
What mistake has taught you the most? While there are certainly decisions I have made that have not had the desired outcome, I try not to look at these times as mistakes, but lessons learned.
What one book has impacted your life? “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum.
What is your superpower? Creative adaptability.
Where can you be found on the weekends? Spending time with my husband and our dog, volunteering at the Brewster Swap Shop, in my garden, walking the Brewster Flats, camping, or shopping yard sales, thrift shops, flea markets and antiques stores.