Profile: DeAnna J Fuller, Southern Belles Boutique & Tanning
Welcome! I’m DeAnna, just a small town girl living her dream as a boutique owner. Born and raised in the DeRidder area, and a graduate of south Beauregard high school, where I met my husband of 3 years. We have 1 son that makes our world go round.
It’s always been my desire to be a business owner. Never did I imagine being a young business owner, but with a set mind I began an in-home business, hoping to achieve my goal as owning a store front.
I had faith in God, knowing he would lead me in the right direction of every decision I must make. After 1 year of my in-home business, I was offered a wonderful opportunity to open the doors to our first location of Southern Belles Boutique and Tanning in Downtown DeRidder LA. Wehave now been open 2 years, and are opening the doors to our second small town location in DeQuincy LA.
Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook and shop our store fronts for trendy clothing, accessories and a dark tan.
DeRidder LA- 109 S Washington Street
DeQuincy LA- 602 East 4th Street
DeAnna’s responses to the Women in Business Profile Questionnaire:
How do you best describe your business?
Fun, Youthful and Playful sense of style.
What is the best decision and the worst decision that you ever made about your business?
Taking the opportunity of the location spot I was offered in the beautiful downtown DeRidder, it has to be my favorite part of town.
What was the best and worst advice that you received from someone else about your business?
Remember not all dress and like the style you do, accommodate all, and go out your comfort zone.
Worst advice would be think hard, you’re young.
What was the catalyst that led you to start your business when you did?
The location spot, and the time of the year.
What was the hardest part about actually opening your business?
Being a new mom and new wife, and having to decide my time between family time and work.
What do you wish you had known before starting your business?
How time consuming it can be at times.
What is your best advice for someone considering opening her own business?
I personally feel to succeed in a small business you must have a drive and heart for what you plan to do. Unique and a outgoing environment is a must.
Did you have a mentor, or a woman in business who inspired you (at any age)?
Yes, Lisa Shark taught me so much at the age of 16, and for that I will forever be grateful.
What skills do you think it takes to be successful as a woman in business?
Faith, head-strong, and know exactly what you want your business to be in the end.
What has been your proudest business moment?
Being nominated as a Top 5 Business in Beauregard Parish, and being able to open our second location.
What are your plans for the future with your business?
I plan to only continue to grow, and have a much bigger location to offer a wider variety of merchandise.
Do you have any recommended resources for women considering going into business?
I truly don’t! I created my business with my own unique thoughts, decor and waiting for God’s timing.
What do you think has helped the most with the success of your business?
I think me truly loving what I do, and pushing my business day in and day out. Never giving up.
Do you have any closing thoughts that you would like to share with other Female Entrepreneurs?
My advice would be Pray about it, plan it and give it your all from the very start!