From Strangers To Sisters To Business Partners

By Miriam Valverde
Sun Sentinel

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Incredible story about two women in business who found true friendship AFTER finding out they were family. The long lost sisters found each other via facebook. As they got to know eachother’s likes and dislikes, they soon learned they both shared a passion for clothes and make-up.  With that in mind, they decided to open up a boutique selling women’s clothing and offering alterations, makeup, hair and styling services. 

BOCA RATON, Fla. 

The nose made her think twice.

After all, the woman who Rosalia Schabauer thought was insane, who was incessantly messaging her on Facebook, did have a familiar-looking nose, “perfectly pointed” like Schabauer’s father’s.

Karla Inchingalo, who lived on the other side of the country, had decided to contact Schabauer on the cusp of 2013, intent on starting a new year with a bold move. Inchingalo remembers writing something along the lines of “this is going to sound weird, or crazy, but you are my sister.”

They are half-sisters, actually, with the same father but different mothers. Neither knew the other existed until Inchingalo reached out to Schabauer.

“I totally dismissed her as crazy,” said Schabauer, now 28. She regarded the initial message as spam and put her phone down, yet it kept buzzing with Inchingalo’s pursuit. “But when I looked at her picture, she looked just like him. Her nose. Her chin. The way her face is shaped.”

After years of messaging, phone calls, FaceTime video chats and a sibling DNA test that confirmed they were related, the sisters met in Orlando, Fla., last fall and are now roommates and business partners in Boca Raton.

They left jobs as a dental assistant and office manager to open a boutique, Athyntiq, selling women’s clothing and offering alterations, makeup, hair and styling services. The name of the shop in the Royal Palm Place plaza is a play on the word “authentic” and inspired by the Greek goddess Athena.

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