Women in Business: Julianne McGee
This weeks feature is beauty Julianne McGee. Not only does she own a modern and eclectic boutique on the corner of Hotel Street in Chinatown, but she also is a new mom. Her boutique, Echo and Atlas, and her daughter Jordan, were both born around the same time. She is an extremely strong willed and motivated woman, so we thought we'd ask her a few questions on how she does it all!
What brought you to this point? How did you end up with this beautiful corner boutique in Chinatown?
I ended up in Chinatown after working in retail for years. I thought that I would end up working for URBN INC. In some way of another. But I decided to take a chance and open my own store and following a dream.
-Yes! I love that you chose to give yourself and your dream a chance. That's truly beautiful.
What was your inspiration behind the name Echo and Atlas?
Well the name is actually the name of my two cats in Santa Barbara. They are still in Santa Barbara with a friend. Echo is a homebody and Atlas is constantly on an adventure he would bring me avocados and flowers in the morning before the sun came up.
Whats a little background info on you? You just had a baby and opened a boutique in the same year! I feel like that shows a little about how strong of a woman you are!
Well like everyone, there's a lot. I feel like 2016 was the most adulting year of my life and it was difficult. I think what helped prepare me for that year and still to this day is what I have had to go through in the past. I got sober at an age when people just start being a young adult. That might seem irrelevant but for me, it taught me to commit to something even when it sucks and you feel alone. You have to rely on yourself but know when to accept help. I have so much support our families. (We're sister in laws! - crazy) anyway I guess what I'm trying to communicate is that you have to draw from every lesson to get through the times you want to run away and know when to accept help.
Wow what an inspiration you are Julie, to be able to get through something like that and not just settle in life but to make conscious decisions daily to live your best life for you and now your daughter. 2016 was a jam packed year for you, but I have a feeling there are nothing but pink skies ahead! You also are now able to share your story and help others do the same. And so happy to be your sister in law!
Any advice for young moms who want to start a business, but aren't sure if they can do it?
Do your best to prepare yourself for success but understand and accept that there are things you don't know and won't until you're actively doing it.
That is some solid advice, there really is no way to fully understand every aspect of running a business until you are doing it.
Being a business owner is tough, especially in Hawai'i, what keeps you going?
I really want to succeed for myself but also Jordan.
When I walked into Echo and Atlas I felt very at home, everything was styled so that I immediately felt cozy and comfortable. How did you learn to create such a space?
My mom. She has an ability to transform environments and I always appreciated it from a very young age. We moved a lot and she always made us feel at home in impeccable style.
What is a piece of advice looking back now, after all you've accomplished, you'd give to your twenty year old self?
Believe in yourself. Manifest what you want and don't stress on the idea of forever.
Echo and Atlas
1 North Hotel St
Honolulu, HI 96817
Julie wears the Roya Jumpsuit in Khaos from our Streets of Gold Collection.