Happy Monday! So as you know, (those of you who are following) today I did my first interview! It went great, I could not have chosen a better subject, she has the same mindset as I do and that I am trying to instill in other Americans.
Her name is Selina, of “Selinas Thrift Boutique” located on 15th Street in Panama City, Florida. Selina is a 26 year old mother of a 10 month old baby boy and is engaged to a local chef. She moved to Florida from New York when she was just a baby herself. Selina has been a hard worker all of her adult life. She held her first job for six years, working for Sprint. She also worked for her mother on her lunch truck. In 2012, Selina began selling at local flea markets and by May of 2016 she was able to open her own boutique! Selinas features, women’s apparel, mens and children’s clothing all types of baby furniture and bedding, jewelry and accessories, knick knacks and other various odds and ends. When asked what prompted her to open her own store, Selina stated “she saw a need for this type of business in her community, a place that offered more affordable shopping. ” She plans to expand her business over the next five years.
Selina does much of her own personal shopping at thrift stores, flea markets and Farmers Markets. She mentioned a few of her favorites as being; The Humane Society Thrift and Gift on Harrison Avenue, The Farmers Market at The Fairgrounds on 15th Street and one of her favorite homegrown restaurants is Granny Cantrell’s all you can eat buffet, located on West 23rd Street, all located in Panama City, Florida. So if you ever find yourself in Panama City, check out Salinas and some of her favorites maybe they too, will become some of your favorites! I asked Selina why she prefers small local homegrown stores, shops and restaurants, she replied “for the cheaper prices, a friendlier and more personal experience and it gives you the opportunity to meet and get to know the people in your community”. Kudos Selina, way to give back to your community! I next asked Selina if she ever vacations, guess what? She has never gone on a vacation in her life, unfortunately her finances have prevented her from being able to take any! Selina dreams of one day, being able to visit and explore Puerto Rico. (U.S.) Well Selina, keep up the hard work. You are an exceptional young woman, a stand up American citizen and if anyone deserves a vacation, you do!
That so happens to be the basis of my blog. I plan to search and find vacations affordable for every budget. Keep following Selina, my road trip starts in two weeks! I will definitely keep you in mind. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to interview you. I wish you the best in your endeavors.
I hope you all enjoyed the interview, please feel free to comment. I am open to all suggestions and feed back as I am just getting started as a Travel Blogger.