Lana Pickrell is the owner of Zettie Mae’s, a tween/teen urban pop boutique who’s focus is to add flare and the latest trends in fashion to every girl’s wardrobe and style.
They offer clothes, accessories and other fun stuff. If you are looking for fun and casual or wanting to dress it up, Zettie Mae’s has got you covered. From Graphic Tees and Blouses to Dresses, Denim or Leggings. Shop to make your wardrobe Pop!
We took a few minutes to visit with Lana about how Zettie Mae’s is #empoweringtuscaloosa, her experiences as a young new business owner and what advice she shares for others.
What motivated and inspired you to start your own business? What inspired me to open my own clothing boutique is my love for fashion. I have always been interested and intrigued by where it has been, where it is and where it is going. Not only do I enjoy fashion and trends, but I adore children. Having three of my own was definitely another inspiration for opening the store. They motivate me to keep going, work hard and always be cool.
Tell us about your boutique. Zettie Mae’s (which Lana mentions is named after her grandmother) is a tween/teen urban pop boutique who’s focus is to add flare and the latest trends in fashion to every girl’s wardrobe and style. You can find anything from denim jeans, graphic tees, and a cute blouse or dress to jewelry, bags, squishies, bath bombs and more! Live Happy, Be Kind and Stay Different!!
Where are you located? We are located in beautiful downtown Tuscaloosa on 7th street just between Lurleen B. Wallace Blvd. North and South.
What has been your biggest challenge so far? As a mother you are always busy and on the go. My greatest challenge so far has been juggling family and business.
How do you balance that challenge? I have an incredible support system. My friends and family have been there through all of it and I couldn’t do it without them.
How do you distinguish yourself from competitors? By not only carrying quality and fun clothing, accessories and gifts for my customers to shop for, but creating an experience for them when they walk through the front doors. “I love this… I want to live here!” – by a cute little 7yr old shopper
What is the best advice you’ve received lately? Some of the best advice I have been given since opening the store is to take a deep breath and strive to be different. It’s all gonna be ok.
What advice would you give to an entrepreneur? If I was to give some advice to another entrepreneur or future business owner it would be, pace yourself and try to always have a plan.
What is a good book or article you’ve read lately? I enjoy the tabloids especially US Weekly to keep up on the latest trends and whats popular in the fashion world from celebrities and their children.
Is there anything you’re currently looking for help with for your business? I am always looking for help or an extra hand. Nothing specific.
Are there any promotions you’d like people in Tuscaloosa to know about? Follow us on Instagram or give us a like on Facebook. Our social media is the best place to check us out for any promos we might be offering.
What’s the best way to reach your business? There are multiple ways to contact or reach Zettie Mae’s. As mentioned, the best would be through any of our social media platforms, you can find us on Facebook or Instagram. You can visit our website at www.zettiemaes.com send me an email, call us at (205) 367-7873 or just stop on by.