Hey! I'm Kalissa Maynard, and I am Half owner of KOHEESIV! Writing this seriously brings tears to my eyes. I've dreamed of owning my own business, but never thought I actually could. So for me, this is a dream come true (cheesy, I know) but really, creating something that I am so passionate about, that can help women is, well, my dreams coming true. So here I go, a little peek into my life so you all can know who we are and why we are doing this.....
I am a Mother, which is so incredibly important to me. My children are proof that God trusts me and trusts me with his perfect little humans. I have 3 amazing children, Kayden (9), Jack (4) and Sage (14mo). They are all so unique and loving, and because of them I never have a dull moment. They are part of why I am doing this. I want to show them that they can do anything and achieve their dreams through hard work and dedication. I have also been married to an amazing and loving man for 11 years. He has been so helpful and supportive through this whole thing.
Now me....I am 30ish years old, I have worked forever, until recently. Now I am learning to balance my time as a stay at home, working mom, and wife. Its been a challenge, but I am so happy to be home with my babies. I love to read, work in the yard, and shop, of course! I am also learning that I have a passion for achieving goals that I told myself that I couldn't do. Work has always come natural for me, I enjoy to work and challenge myself in different ways. I come from a very deep thinking family, and it works to my benefit, in most cases. I worked at Nordstrom for 12 years, I managed the Plus Size department, as well as the Accessory department, and these past several years as a Personal Stylist (Personal Shopper). I have always loved fashion, but throughout my rolls I learned that I have such passion for service and for making people feel good through their outward appearance. I learned all about different body types and how to dress them as the Plus Size manager. I also learned here how to create your business and build relationships with customers. In Accessories I learned how to complete an outfit and take it to the next level with those finishing pieces. As a Stylist, which was my favorite job, I learned my passion for keying in on personal styles and elevating my clients to a style they never had before. I prided myself on the versatility of my clients, as far as budget, age, and lifestyle. All this led me to where I am now. I grew up at Nordstrom, they taught me how to run a business, create relationships, and my passion for service. There is not a retailer out there that does it better, and it has seeped into my bones and is why KOHEESIV is not just another online boutique.
I am so blessed to have the opportunity to do this, I hope you all see the vision that we have, and make KOHEESIV your go-to shop. I can not thank you all enough for your support!
Hey there. I'm Brittany Starnes, the other half owner of KOHEESIV. I am first and foremost a momma (single one at that) to two beautiful children, Broderick (Brody) age 8 and Samantha (Sammie) age 3. They are my world and a huge part of my reason's for starting KOHEESIV. They teach me something new everyday and although i feel so unqualified to be their mother most days, i am beyond grateful for their light and love in my life. I'm 34 years old, (I'm just gonna own in Kalissa). I've been a single mom for almost 2 years now and i've been trying to learn how to juggle a lot in that time and it's been an adjustment for myself and my little family. Currently with 3 jobs, trying to put my little ones first and dating (or not dating is more like it) all over again in my 30's. Needless to say, i'm always highly caffeinated.
I've always had a huge passion for fashion. I was always the one after school shopping that would immediately come home, lay all my new clothes out into outfits and then model them, styled head to toe for my entire family. (bless their hearts) When people used to ask me what i wanted to be when grew up my answer was a Dixie Chick, a Charlie's Angel, and the owner of Nordstrom. I think I was dead serious. Now, I've got mad car singing skills (only when I'm by myself), but I may have gone more the Salt n' Pepa white girl rapper route than the Dixie Chicks. I've got the Cameron Diaz booty dance down, so there's that for the Charlie's Angel, and although I don't own Nordstrom, I did work for them for close to 13 years and now I own KOHEESIV, so I'd say I'm getting there. No, but really, Nordstrom, like Kalissa mentioned has played a huge part of fueling the passion that I already had and then teaching me so much about the industry. Mostly I learned how to create and build relationships on a personal level with others. I was straight up socially awkward before I worked there, no joke. But that's what I loved about my job all those years, to meet people, to hear their stories and needs and then to be able to work together to help them leave feeling beautiful, confident and comfortable in their own skin. Think coming in feeling like the girl next door version of Taylor Swift that no one see's and then leaving feeling like Beyonce. Yep, we are that good.
Nordstrom is where Kalissa and I met, both as Stylists. I will forever be grateful to her for her drive and vision and for believing in me and giving me the chance , the push I needed, to do something I've always dreamed of but never thought possible. KOHEESIV has been an incredible journey so far, a constant learning experience and more fun than I could have ever imagined. I'm so grateful for my partner in crime, Kalissa, and for all the love and support we have received from so many of you, so THANK YOU, and I can't wait to see where this road takes us...
We have been friends for years, working together helps you connect and get to know someone in a way that you only can in that environment. When KOHEESIV became an actual, tangible, reality for me (Kalissa) I knew I didn't want to do it on my own. (We are both spiritual people, so I hope this next part doesn't scare you away) I prayed for direction and someone who would be the right partner and would understand my vision, and also be able to bring more to the business than I could. In the middle of the night Brittany's name popped into my head and I knew immediately that it was my answer to prayer. We are perfect for each other (in a totally business sort of way) We have such different strengths, and they compliment each other perfectly. KOHESSIV actually came together pretty fast, considering neither one of us really knew what we were doing when we started. We both totally understood each others visions right away, and knew we shared the same passions because of our history together at Nordstrom....It has become more than evident that online shopping is the future, but you can never replace a live person that you feel understands you and helps you feel confident by bringing out your personality with your outward appearance.You CANNOT replace that connection of a person, with a computer screen. We hope to combine the two, and give you the convenience of online shopping, along with our years of knowledge, to still make it a special experience. We want to provide good quality, with a good price, and show you how to make our pieces work for you and your lifestyle. One of the most important parts for us is to help teach you how to put things together, as well as what is most flattering for your body type. We are both learning and KOHEESIV will continue to evolve, as we see what works, what the needs of our clients are, as well as the ever changing market, and our bank account growing so we can bring to life the vault of ideas we have to make shopping easy, convenient, and still fun.
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