We had the good fortune of connecting with Alionna Alston and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alionna, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I truly believe that becoming a mom helped me balance my work and home life. After Rebranding my business once I had my son I realized I had to get on a schedule if I really wanted to make this work. Setting a daily routine helped this become a lifestyle for me. I had to look at my business as my other baby. Just like my son had feeding time, nap time,etc. My business had to run on the same schedule every day at 6 am 12pm -2pm and 8pm I had to be online posting and liking pictures creating interactions with followers. Before 4pm all my orders need to be backed and ready to drop off. The schedule also helped me maintain consistency which a lot of businesses lack and end up failing.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am the Owner of The Fashion Bistro Atl formerly known as “Sayless Boutique” est 2016. I started off in 2016 as a women’s online boutique and after taking off in 2018-2020 I rebranded in 2020 as The Fashion Bistro Atl now housing my Son’s Kids Clothing line “ The Legend Ar’Money Collection” which I produce my self and also offer heat press services at our Location in Decatur. I am mostly proud of myself for not giving up. I knew I wanted to be a boutique owner since a child. Fashion has always been my thing I went from DECA Competitions and selling my clothes on poshmark in high school to starting an online boutique in college to now today owning a location. I took a break for two years after starting my family. Bringing a kid into this world I felt I needed more stable income so I focused on working. Being home during the pandemic really showed me, how important having multiple sources of incomes is. Being laid off during covid I starting doing heat press for extra income and after doing so many custom pieces for other people events and brands I came up with the idea of my sons clothing line and placed it on Facebook for sales. The tshirts did so well I decide to create a website and before you know it I had my boutique going again along with it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely start off on Edgewood with all the dope weekend events, stores and food and work my way towards the Atlanta Beltline. First we would have Breakfast and mamosa at Escobar. Shop around a little at god is dope and other surrounding boutiques. Hit a few POPUP shops that are normally held around there. Around lunch time i would take her to Slush for their amazing drinks and Dj. Network my boutique with the other ladies dining in.
Next we would head to the Atlanta belt line for some entertainment at the Illuminarium because We love a good photoshoot. After leaving there I would suggest we rent bikes and enjoy the rest of the entertainment and bars around the beltline.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate this Shout Out to my Mother Chiffon. She has always been my biggest fan and support system Rain or shine. From a child me wanting to get into fashion she has put me through drawing classes for my sketches and deca competitions, running my business while I focused on college work sometimes, never missing a vendor event. Thank you to my mom for always keeping me grounded and pouring back into at times I wanted to give up.
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