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Meet Monica Jordan of Agnes Belle in Northwest Houston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Monica Jordan.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Monica. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I worked in corporate America for 21 years taking on roles from managing customer service, process improvement, marketing and product development. In October 2017, as a result of severe damage to the company’s facility during Hurricane Harvey, the decision was made to relocate the headquarters to Atlanta.

I knew relocating our family was not an option, therefor after the announcement I began seeking out my next adventure. I have always had a creative mind and a passion for customer service and hoped that one day I would be able to own my own business instead of investing in someone else’s. I had always dappled in business, my husband and I discussed it and decided if there was ever a time, it would be now to do it.

I began working on the logistics for our new business, I created the entire concept, the design of the space from floors to ceiling. I wanted to ensure it had a warm, comfortable home feeling rather than a retail space.

I completed my term with the company in March of 2018 and Agnes Belle opened in Vintage Park on July 31, 2018. It took a lot of planning and design to make it happen in such a short time frame, but we did it, and couldn’t be more proud of where we are.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There are always bumps in the road, but every bump is a learning opportunity. We had a few minor bumps along with way but nothing that we could not overcome and learn from. The key is to only be emotionally tied to your business, not a location, contract or vendor.

Please tell us about Agnes Belle.
Agnes Belle is a home décor and gift boutique, we offer a small furniture line and home accents, unique gift items, furniture delivery and complimentary gift wrapping.

We currently support 17 small business throughout the US, we love that we are able to support the wonderful talent and bring unique items to our customers.

Agnes Belle is family-owned, the name Agnes is after my grandmother, whom I was very close to and lost when I was 17. When visiting the store, you will find pictures of my grandmother in the register area.

I’ve always loved the hospitality and charm of historic times with plantation homes and the handcrafted architecture, which inspired the store’s design and atmosphere. Our slogan is “bring out your southern style”, I believe that southern style is a feeling of hospitality, home and happiness. The south is known for “good ole southern hospitality”. It is important to me that Agnes Belle always have a friendly welcoming come sit on the porch atmosphere.

At times we are mistaken for a chain or franchise, we are none of the above, as the owner I manage the store everyday working with our customers and my husband Mark helps when he is not working his full-time job.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I can’t think of anything that I would have done differently. I think we are where we are supposed to be and all things are happening as they were meant to. Every moment is an opportunity to grow and learn and without those, we would not be where we are today.

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Monica Jordan; Agnes Belle

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