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.

Schabauer for years has been serving clients by going to their homes to do their makeup and provide styling assistance.

Inchingalo says she’s always had an entrepreneurial spirit and as she got to know Schabauer and learned more about her projects, decided to team up to turn a passion into a business.

“We both learn from each other. It’s a growing experience as we make different plans come to life,” said Inchingalo, 30. “We work well. We are like yin and yang.”

They were born in Peru, fathered by a man who dated their mothers at different times.

Inchingalo’s mother got pregnant but never told the father and they parted ways. She and her daughter left Peru to live in California when Inchingalo was still small.

Schabauer’s parents then married, and she grew up with them in Peru. She was 7 when they moved to Weston. They divorced six years later.

Given the secrets in the families, the two sisters might never have found each other. Schabauer’s mother never knew about her husband’s other child, and Inchingalo never knew her father’s name.

When a family friend revealed it, Inchingalo turned to the place a friend had gone to find her own father: Facebook. That’s where she found her father’s page. And a reference to his other daughter. And that’s when the messaging began.

“This is going to sound weird, or crazy, but you are my sister.”

The conversation was uncomfortable for Schabauer’s mother, Roxana Scaffidi of Deerfield Beach, Fla. She was afraid her daughter would be hurt if Inchingalo did not turn out to be family, she said.

But now, “I think it’s really great she has found someone who understands her,” Scaffidi said.

Scaffidi has learned to love Karla and supports the sisters in their new business venture. “They are doing everything for their future,” Scaffidi said.

The sisters also have learned they love the same Netflix shows, enjoy the same kind of food and both laugh so loud “it can be heard all the way to China,” Schabauer said.

Though Inchingalo has found a sister in South Florida, she still hasn’t spoken to her father. The sisters say they don’t want to press him into a relationship and hope that in time he’ll get to know Inchingalo.

“I’m not trying to rush into anything. I was looking for something and I really, really found it,” Inchingalo said, glancing at her sister. “Not in the form that I would have expected … my happy ending turned out, I met my sister, it’s amazing. We are starting a journey that’s going to change things.”

Schabauer says she sometimes teases her sister about her nose, like she used to tease her father.

Inchingalo is happy her nose somehow led her to a new family and even to a new business.

“What if I had gotten a nose job?” she joked.

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