We had the good fortune of connecting with Tawana Devine and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tawana, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When my daughter was about two years old, I decided that I wanted to take Devine Dolls seriously, I’ve always known that I was an entrepreneur at heart. I am a single mother and without a lot of money and I knew I needed to make something happen for her. My main goal was to show my daughter that we can follow our dreams no matter how big. All we need is faith and to be willing to put the work in. I come from a family of hustlers that didn’t always do things the right way. I plan on breaking generational curses by becoming a success businesswoman and showing my daughter that we can follow our dreams no matter how big!

What should our readers know about your business?
Devine Dolls Boutique was founded November 2020 specializing in fashionable accessories for women. In November 2021 I decided to take a leap of faith and start my journey as a full-time businesswoman and gear Devine Dolls Boutique to become Plus-size clothing shop because I can relate to that community of women better.

As a full-figured woman and having the experience t0 serve plus-size women within my community, I understand the struggle and the need of fashionable plus-size options. I understand how certain materials impact clothing sizes and how most items within the US are not true to size. It is my goal to be able to provide more options for all of the curvy queens sizes 1-6X No matter how long it takes!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

Reno is such a unique place and if my bestie came to visit, I would make sure we had the best time exploring the biggest little city in the world. We could start our weekend out with a fun brunch at one of the many local restaurants around town. Bottomless mimosas anyone? Next, we would walk around downtown Reno, watch the kayakers on the beautiful Truckee river and enjoy the neon and casinos. The next day, we would wake up early and head up to the jewel of the Sierras, Lake Tahoe. We would spend the day on the sand and in the crystal clear waters, just enjoying the mountains and the view. We would end the night with a little night cap at one of the many awesome bars and breweries in Reno and dance until our feet hurt.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have had a lot of support along the way in this journey of entrepreneurship. I believe that you need community in order to truly be successful. First, I would like to give God all the glory for showing and allowing me to live out in my purpose in this world.

Secondly, I’d like to give a huge shout-out to my business mentor (the best in the game) Risha Fredinand. Risha has been my backbone since I made the choice to work on my business full-time. She’s taught me the ends and outs of what it means to be a successful woman in business, and I look up to her in so many ways.

Lastly, I’d like to give a huge shout-out to my friends, family & customers who have been nothing but supportive of this journey, it’s a wild ride and they have had my back through it all. I love you!

Website: Devinedollsboutique.com

Instagram: @devinedollsboutique

Facebook: Facebook.com/devinedollsboutique

Other: Tiktok: tdevinexo

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