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TENNESSEE JANE BOUTIQUE According to Forbes Magazine, 90% of start-up businesses fail within their first year. More fail in the next five years. Tennessee Jane Boutique owner, Hanna Sampson, serves as an exception to that bleak statistic. She began Tennessee Jane Boutique as an online only business in 2016 with a $500 investment. A year later, she opened a brick-and-mortar location in south Lakeland. The company rapidly grew and Sampson knew it was time to look for more space. “In our first year of business, we did a half million in sales,” said Sampson. “Tennessee Jane is a debt free company and I opened both stores with the profit the company made.” In May 2019, Sampson announced that Tennessee Jane Boutique would be opening its second location in historic downtown. After a three month build out, on August 3, Tennessee Jane Boutique officially opened its doors to an eager Plant City community. She has always craved the downtown feel for Tennessee Jane Boutique. When the space- previously occupied by the Camilla Rose Tea Room and A PEACE of Plant City- became available, Sampson said she hopped on the opportunity to have her shop in Plant City’s downtown district. “I am so excited and I have always loved boutiques in old historic buildings,” said Sampson. “Plant City has been so welcoming and my hope is by establishing my business in downtown Plant City that it will give courage to other business owners to come to historic downtown. If fellow business owners see us doing well, maybe they’ll want to open in downtown.” Located next to Norma’s Cuban Sandwich Shop and The Bank of Tampa on one of the busiest intersections in downtown, Tennessee Jane Boutique was born out of the creative mind of Sampson while she was a stay-athome mom. She is a devoted mother of three: Rhett, Emmylou, and Ella. Her husband Quentin Sampson, who is a Fire-Medic for Hillsborough County, often helps the boutique with shipping their online orders. Tennessee Jane Boutique carries an inventory of what is trendy and in style, often letting customers on social media vote for what items they’d like to see in store. Currently, the shop has its summer inventory on the sales floor, much of which includes tops with pops of neon yellow or pink, paired with stripes, snake skin, and leopard patterns. Owner Hanna Sampson PAGE

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FOCUS Magazine Plant City Edition Issue 18-08 August 2019

FOCUS Plant City 18-08  

FOCUS Magazine Plant City Edition Issue 18-08 August 2019

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