Tamika Myers... Taking motherhood to the store
TAMIKA Myers is not afraid to get her hands dirty, and go to a building site, load up her seven-seater with dirt, and transport it home for gardening. Nor was she afraid when it came time to add baby store owner to her list of projects, that include mother-of-two and international customer care rep.
Myers' love for children and shopping was what led her to the venture, Little Dollz and Dudez Koutour. The store offers a variety of clothes for newborns to size 14, and also clothing for premature babies.
"I decided to go into the baby store business because every time I'm coming here from overseas there are always friends saying they can't find this or they can't find that for their children here in Jamaica, so I am always having to shop for friends."
The store first opened on Molynes Road in October 2011. However, almost a year later, this location was closed and reopened at its present location on Constant Spring Road.
"Since I'm a shopaholic I know where to shop for quality clothes at reasonable prices," she said. "I have two kids — a 16-year-old daughter and six-year-old son — so I know where to get the stuff."
Advice to women starting businesses
"You have to put together the amount of money that can sustain the business for at least a year," she said. "If you are going to rent somewhere, at least have a couple months' rent where you can secure yourself and pay all the bills without depending on whatever business you are putting your money in. It's not an investment that will turn over right away. It has to be something that you love and are really willing to push for," she advised.
Myers said the business will be profitable if persons have their own money to start with instead of depending on a loan. But, she said ,you also should not put your last dollars into starting a business.
Promoter, model and customer care representative
Myers grew up in Richmond Park and graduated from the University of Technology with a degree in business administration. She has done promotions for a number of local companies and make-up brands, did modelling, and is presently employed to a huge communications company overseas doing customer care service for various international clients.
"Wherever in the world I am, as long as I have my computer I can do my work," she said.
Future plans include taking her baby store online.
"Hopefully in June Dollz and Dudez should be online," she said, adding that she also hopes to expand to Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Negril.