We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristina Uriegas-Reyes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristina, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
In my wildest dreams, I never thought I could own my own business, much less create my dream shop. After spending 7 years in NYC as a sporadically successful fashion writer, I decided to move on to a new dream. I took the necessary steps to change my mindset from impossible to knowledgable. I took a ton of free seminars and classes. I knew moving back to my hometown would give me a better chance of success. The city of San Antonio embraced me as they’ve embraced so many new and innovative small businesses. I wanted to be my own boss and share my personal style with the world through a vintage boutique. That is how Hello Tallulah came together and we we are now in our third year.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My collection of vintage clothing is highly curated. I want to make vintage feel special, but accessible. I specialize in gorgeous vintage clothing from the 1950’s-1970’s with an emphasis on fun and colorful dresses! As a body positivity advocate and a former plus-size model, sizing is at the forefront of my mind as I curate my collection. “It is important that I carry a variety of sizes. Everyone should have the opportunity to feel fabulous in something unique. The company name comes from my adorable pup, Tallulah, who was a very special part of our family. Tallulah passed away in October 2018, but the name still evokes the quirky charm of her daily greeting, not to mention the glamour of old Hollywood actress Tallulah Bankhead.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d take her to NOLA for brunch, Broadway Pinup, Feliz Modern and Montage for shopping, The Jerk Shack for lunch, The Pearl for drinks and Tre Trattoria for dinner.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate this shout-out to my fellow shop owners in San Antonio and Austin, in particular: Divine Sunshine Vintage, Canela Vintage and Bloomers and Frocks.
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