We had the good fortune of connecting with Susan Lanier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Susan, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I thought about starting my own business full time when I lost my job in the corporate world. Lots of people think of losing a job as a failure . I took it as a new beginning for me to work at something that I love and enjoy. I knew that getting another corporate job just wasn’t my cup of tea. Some of the first items I started to list for sale were all of my work clothes.
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?
I’m a fashion reseller at Lotus and Lanier. I sell on a couple of different platforms such as Poshmark, Ebay, Mercari, and Amazon. It has been a challenging road full of twists and turns . Shortly after I started my business we abruptly had to move from Las Vegas to San Diego for family. My husband and I really believed in Lotus and Lanier so when moving all of the inventory became priority over everything else. We got rid of lots of furniture and personal items just so all of the clothing would have room on the moving truck. Since moving to San Diego I had to move my inventory about three more times. When I first started and people would ask me what I did I would get a lot of negativity and rolling of the eyes. Even some of my own family doubted me . You really can’t let others dictate your dreams so I ignored it and pushed through it. I learned that my customer base had to go beyond my family and friends so I never looked to them as customers. Sometimes I have relatives that would like to buy something and that’s fine I just don’t ever push any of my items on them. My dad used to say; “Family is family and business is business so that is pretty much what I live by.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Monday: Brunch: Dunedin New Zealand Eats for some Dutch Pancakes. Activity : San Diego Zoo Dinner: Topsail in downtown overlooking the water sharing a Seafood Platter and some Beet Salad.
Tuesday: Brunch : Hash House a Go Go for some Corned beef Hash and a Smore’s Mocha. Activity: Walk around Balboa Park Dinner : Pomergranate Russian – Georgian Restaurant in University Heights . I would order their Cabbage Rolls and Borscht
Wednesday : Brunch: Clayton’s Coffee shop in Coronado I’d probably order the Strawberry , Banana Pancakes. Activity : Walk around Coronado , Take ferry downtown and go to Seaport Village. Dinner : Athens Market Taverna downtown I’d have the Kotopoulo (Baked Lemon Chicken). It’s the best I’ve ever had and some Lentil Soup.
Thursday: Brunch: El Tapatio for a breakfast burrito Activity: Walk around Imperial Beach Snack: Chocolate Chip/ Pistachio Milkshake at Oasis in Nestor. Hands down the best milkshakes! Dinner : Siam Imperial Thai Kitchen in Imperial Beach. I’d order the Shrimp Parcels, Tom Kha coconut soup (just veggies) , eggrolls, Beef Pad Thai to share with a Thai Iced tea no boba. Catch a movie at the Southbay Drive in.
Friday: Brunch: Cote D’ Azur Restaurant in University City for a latte , Pear Tart, macarons and a French Onion Soup. Activity: Walk and shop around La Jolla Dinner: Ruth Chris Steak House downtown. I’d order the Cowboy Ribeye medium well with a baked potato Activity: Watch a play at the Old globe.
Saturday: Lunch at Ali Baba Family Restaurant in El Cajon with the family. Probably order the Feast for four . It could probably feed way over four people ! Activity : Thrift shopping Snack: Still full from lunch so probably stop for a sweet treat at the The Korean Rose for a Dole Whip with Strawberry Popping Boba. Late dinner: Sammy’s Restaurant & Bar in Chula Vista (They are open 24 hours inside 7 mile Casino) I would have the Mushroom Orzitto with a side of their egg rolls.
Sunday : Lunch at Tasty Noodle House in Kearny Mesa. I would order the spicy dumplings, beef chow mein, with some spicy cucumbers . Activity: Taking my friend back to the airport
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My friend Diana Rhodes who runs The Life Allure had been mentoring me for many years about living a life that you don’t need a vacation from . She encouraged me to think about doing something for work that I enjoyed. My husband Jon Lanier has always been there for me through many of my business ideas, The one that stuck was going into fashion resale because we dabbled in it before but quit due to work scheduling. This time I wanted to do this as a full time thing rather than a side hustle. My husband totally supports my decision and helps me with my business whenever he has free time.