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Fashion, family always in bloom for entrepreneur Nia Brown
Launched House of Bloom Fashion online
 
Published Friday, October 16, 2020 12:00 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

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Nia Brown, who launched House of Bloom Fashion online via website in September, also owns Princess Me Parties, a spa and party company for girls.

Nia Brown was not going to let a pandemic stop her from launching her business.


She launched House of Bloom Fashion online in September, but had not entered 2020 intending to launch a second business (she also owns Princess Me Parties, a spa and party company for girls ages 1-16 that began as North Carolina’s first spa bus and expanded to include a storefront). During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brown thought about earlier goals. She contemplated the clothing boutique she had at age 17, and decided it was time to pursue fashion again. Her vision for House of Bloom Fashion took off at the end of March.


“As the pandemic came about, I was just like, ‘I really want to pick up all the goals that I have dropped [from] when I was younger, and I want to take them on,’” Brown said. “We are living in a time where things just happen and are unpredictable. You might as well work on everything that you want to work on now.”


Brown created the brand for what she described as “the feminine woman.” Her goal is for women to feel confident while wearing pieces by House of Bloom Fashion.
“I can be having an absolutely bad day, and if I put on a gorgeous dress it automatically boosts my self-esteem and makes my day so much better,” Brown said. “The vision for this brand is to empower women through clothing.”


Brown, who moved from Brooklyn, New York to Charlotte when she was 14, has lived here for 13 years.


“When I was younger, I said ‘I’m going to leave Charlotte right away,’ but as I got older, Charlotte has evolved,” she said. “It really became a great place. I love it. I love raising my children here.”


Brown credits her seven children with driving her as an entrepreneur. Her goal is to serve as a positive role model, that you can do whatever you set your mind to. Yet she also wants her journey as an entrepreneur to inspire other mothers to pursue their dreams and to provide a source of hope that they can have both a family and a successful business.

“A lot of times when women become mothers, you feel like you have to put your dreams on hold, that you only work part-time, that you cannot go after your big dreams that you had as a child, and that is not true,” Brown said. “I really want to be a platform and show women that you can. I am a mother of seven, and I am going after all of my dreams. I’m not letting anything hold me back.”


Going after her goals has come with learning to be flexible in order to balance motherhood and entrepreneurship.

“It pushes me and motivates me every time I see another mom or another woman and they’re like, ‘wait you are a mother of seven, and you own businesses and you are able to give your businesses full attention?’” Brown said. “Make time for yourself and what you want to do. Prioritize, which is kind of hard as a mom, because you want to get everything done, and if you don’t you feel like you’re slacking, and that’s not true. Just prioritize. Just take a step at a time. Everything does not have to be done in 24 hours. Don’t be hard on yourself and give yourself too short of a deadline. Spread it out. Make it flexible.”

Brown also finds ways to include her children in her work to make it more fun while spending time with them.

“I have babies from four months up to 12 [years old],” Brown said. “A lot of times I can be working and they want to know what I’m doing. In order to not get overwhelmed with stress, [I’ll tell them], ‘come over here. Help Mommy pick a pattern. Do you like this color? Try this on.’ I let my daughters play dress up while I’m still working. It’s fun for them, and I’m still working. Don’t beat yourself up. Know that whatever you give is enough for you. Don’t worry about what the next entrepreneur mom is doing. Just focus on you, your children and your brand.”

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