Our friendship began over 22 years ago. Our husbands were friends first & we were at each other’s weddings, but didn’t really hang out until we began teaching together. Once we began teaching at the same school our friendship clicked and we truly became more like sisters. We literally do everything together. We vacation, workout, go to church, and obviously we run a small business together. We get asked all the time “how do you all spend so much time together and still get along so well?” We can honestly say our unique friendship is a total God thing! We honestly work better together! Even though we spend a lot of time together, we don’t get tired of each other. We realize it’s weird, but it works for us!
How did 3:Sixteen become a boutique?
We were teaching 6th grade, Amber math and Mandy science, and always thought we’d teach until we retired. Mandy always wanted to own a boutique, but never really thought she’d do it and knew she didn’t want to do it alone. Another amazing small business owner in town approached us about possibly buying her business one day. We had taught her children and she had the confidence that we could “rock a boutique”. She really gave us the confidence we needed to do it. God opened that door and we were at a place that we were ready to run out screaming, yes, Lord, yes!!!! So, we went to our husbands, who are public servants, and asked if we could quit our jobs and start our own business. Fully expecting them to ask us if we’d hit our head at school! But, without reservation, they both told us “Go for it, we believe in you, and we’ll make it work”. Holy Cow this is happening!!! So, we started looking for spaces. We found the perfect place that we had ran by a million times. We met with the owner, again thinking there is no way we’ll be able to afford this, but God had other plans. We couldn’t ask for a better landlord, y’all! We signed the lease on our dream on March 17th, 2017 and renovations began.So, we turned in our resignations at school and we’re pretty sure people thought we’d lost our minds!
We knew we wanted our name to be scripture, kind of like Thirty-One, but we struggled finding just the right one. Every scripture we thought about we loved and just couldn’t decide. Until one day it hit us, everything in this world comes back to John 3:16. For God so loved the world He gave His one and only son, that whomever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life. If it wasn’t for Jesus nothing would matter. So, we decided on 3:Sixteen. We began purchasing, went to our first market, and literally set up shop in the bonus room of Mandy’s house! We’d have parties with our teacher friends and sell items we had! On September 3, 2017 we opened the doors to our storefront and well, the rest is history! It has been the biggest blessing! Bigger and better than we could’ve ever hoped for! We put our total faith in God and His plan and haven’t looked back since!
Our mission is to shine the light of Jesus in this world everyday! We want to serve our customers and give back to our community! The greatest compliment we receive about 3:Sixteen is that people love coming into our store because they feel at home and some peace in a crazy world!