THE OFFICE OF . . .
My family is Italian; they are loud, fun and totally animated, and Marsha fits right in. She reminds me of one of my aunts that once you sit down with, the time just passes because conversation is so fun and fluid. Her story is what pulled me in and her spirit is what inspires me to keep doing what I’m doing. I am so lucky to have women like her in my life and I can’t wait for our next chat over eggs and croissants.
Where do you live?
I live in Dallas, Texas.
Where did you grow up?
I’m known as an Army brat--my father was stationed in Germany, Georgia, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Hawaii. My parents were originally from a small town in Oklahoma and my Aunt Audrey lived in Fort Worth, Texas. So I always felt this area was home.
As an adult, we lived in Oklahoma, Texas, California and Nevada. Dallas is centrally located, so we can travel to both coasts to see family.
Tell us a bit about what you do, and how you got there?
After 28 years in corporate telecom, I opened a retail store in Dallas. A friend from Nevada suggested I get in the dog food and product business--I thought he was crazy. But, the idea was worth researching. My career was focused on public relations, advertising, marketing and public affairs issues.
I decided in July of 2005 to go for it-- and spent the next five months buying antique pieces and refinishing them for the store and buying products. We had boxes of dog beds, toys and collars all over the house and old beams and wood planks from the salvage yard filling the garage. I opened Lucky Dog Barkery in December of 2005. It has been so fun!
What does style mean to you?
To me style comes from within--your attitude is the core. I have had to dress the part in the many phases of my life. Corporate dress which included horrible suits with string scarves pretending to be ties to jeans and t shirts for schlepping 40 pounds of dog food around the store. Now, I can wear what I want--maybe somewhat edgy, but certainly clean lines and great fabrics.
It should be no surprise, I start with my shoes!! My kicks from Angela Scott have furthered my reputation for my love of shoes. Stylish and comfortable--they always make the outfit. Combine the shoes with the fashion finds from my friend Betty Reiter’s boutique--Yeohlee and Annette Gortz--I have come a long way from my early days.
What is your most valued possession?
My family and those eight grandchildren are my most valued possession. And maybe my collection of kicks from you-know-who. My friends want in the will for my shoes.
Name one woman dead or alive that you would want to meet.
I have been lucky to meet many great women during my career, but I would like to spend more time with late governor of Texas--Ann Richards. I heard her speak several times--not one to mince words. Blazed the trail for many women.
Now I like to meet young women entrepreneurs with spunk and creativity. I believe Angela Scott is at the top of the list for me.
What is your favorite sweet?
What is one song on your personal soundtrack?
New Shoes from Paolo Nutini--makes me smile.
Who do you want to be when you grow up?
I hope I never grow up--just age with grace.
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Marsha's store website: theluckydogbarkery.com