We had the good fortune of connecting with Jean Quinn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jean, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I wanted to start a home based business featuring children’s garments. I began by posting items I had made for gifts, and the rest is history. It’s hard to believe it’s already been five years!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Nini Del Mar specializes in handmade clothing for children. Fabrics are selected with high quality, comfort and easy care in mind. My creations are modern classic and some are custom. Styles can easily be made with various other fabrics upon request. Growing Nini Del Mar has been a joy. There have been a few growing pains along the way. Probably the biggest challenge has been, you guessed it – the pandemic! Cotton, linen and knit fabrics just disappeared, due to the demand for mask making. But persistence won out, and my home based biz survived!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Living in Del Mar is the best, as are the surrounding communities! The first place we head to with guests, is the beach, of course! Favorites are Del Mar Beach, Solana Beach, Encinitas and La Jolla Shores. We love hiking our favorite trails such as the Torrey Pines Reserve in La Jolla. The beach walk from Del Mar all the way to La Jolla is long, but worth it! The Del Mar Race Track is a must, as is shopping on Cedros Avenue – so many amazing shops, restaurants and art. Some of our favorite restaurants are Viewpoint Brewing Company, Union Kitchen and Tap, Il Fornaio, Claire’s on Cedros and Jakes Del Mar.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Maria of Remnants of Nature – She makes the most beautiful Moss Art and items made with wood burning, in San Diego. Her instragram is @remnantsofnature
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