We had the good fortune of connecting with Dahlia Strong and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dahlia, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk has to do with danger, navigating into the unknown, yet I always had a deep belief in my taste and my gut instincts, but that being said, venturing out on your own always has the deep element of risk, but that’s how life shows up when you become an entrepreneur. We all start out a bit scared, but I say do it anyway!! One needs to crack the egg shell to get the yolk out.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Dahlia Traveling Boutique is a traveling clothing boutique that I started 12 years ago right after the recession. I started it in Phoenix, Arizona and continued it when my partner Dom and I moved to San Diego 10 years ago. Moving to a new area opens up new challenges. Who were going to be my buyers, what was the local lifestyle all about, their trends and they’re comfort zones. I’ve learned that every area has it’s own unique look and what is known as it’s life style “vibe”. The San Diego look and feel is beachy but chic. My specialty is dressing women of all ages, finding comfortable yet chic and no nonsense pieces that are basic with a panache of style. Fabrics and textures are important to me and it speaks to my customers and they appreciate it. I’ve created a wonderful following in San Diego and I’m known for my fabulous collection and moderate pricing. I built my business with specializing in doing special events and private events where women come to shop and try on the latest trends in a comfortable environment. But the new challenge has been navigating through the pandemic this last year. Most of our events have been canceled because of the Covid, so we’ve put more energy on selling through Facebook and Instagram and it’s worked out!! You can find us on @dahliatravelingboutique.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
That’s so easy because everyone LOVES San Diego. I start with Encinitas and take them to Better Buzz coffee for a great cup of Joe and they’re avocado toast. Then there’s Rancho Santa Fe, it’s a beautiful area with fabulous homes, something everyone should see. Del Mar is a beautiful beach area to drive through, and the beaches are stunning. Unfortunately for our lockdowns most of the restaurants have been limited to togo only. La Jolla is one of the most stunning areas in all of California. The beaches are beautiful, the views are unparalleled, the the village vibe of the shopping district is so charming. My favorite restaurant in all of San Diego is Buona Forchetta in an area called South Park, which is just alittle East of Downtown San Diego. The ambiance is lovely and charming and the food is delicious. In my estimation it’s the best in San Diego.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My biggest shout out is to my partner Dominic, who believed me, encouraged me and supported me through this amazing, challenging and rewarding journey. You’re the best Dom!! I also want to thank all of my 1000s of customers who have constitantly followed me and bought from me, it’s been my honor to help in continuing to make you look even more beautiful 😍 ❤.
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