23-Year-Old Opens Signature Look Boutique In Downtown Ottawa

By John Bush
The Lima News, Ohio

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) A young boutique owner explains why she was inspired to open her own business.

OTTAWA

Growing up in a family of business owners, Alivia Croy has wanted to be an entrepreneur nearly all her life.

On Friday, the 23-year-old finally got the chance to make her own mark on the business world.

Croy has opened Signature Look Boutique, a new retail store located at 240 E. Main St. downtown. The shop specializes in casual-contemporary clothing, accessories and gifts tailored to women and girls.

“Ever since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur,” said Croy, a Leipsic native who now lives in Ottawa. “It runs in my family, so being around it my whole life is what made me want to do it. That was my inspiration.”

Before opening her own shop, Croy spent five years working for her parents at Signature Design paint store. She said the experience not only showed her how to run a business, but it also allowed her to break out of her shell.

“I used to be really shy, but when I did that I started to get comfortable being around people,” she said. “Now people can’t get me to stop talking.”

Along with Signature Design, her family also owns Schroeder Masonry in Leipsic. Croy’s aunt and uncle own Touches from the Heart, a cafe-restaurant and gift shop in Glandorf, and her brothers own businesses throughout the area.

“It’s in my blood,” Croy said with a laugh.

When the opportunity to open her own business presented itself, Croy was quick to capitalize. She described it as a “do or die” moment.

“I figured that if I don’t do it now, I may never do it,” she said. “It was the perfect opportunity, and here we are today. I couldn’t be happier.”

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