Bliss Life + Style offers eclectic, local and globally inspired accessories and gifts
Lou-Ann Bett was between jobs in early 2017 when she conceptualized a business plan for a home decor and fashion accessory store while simultaneously interviewing for her next corporate position. With more than 30 years of retail experience, including positions at Express and Lane Bryant, Bett made the decision to forge a new path.
Inspired by her world travels, she believed she could offer a unique point of view and variety of brands in home accessories, gifts and jewelry not found elsewhere in the Columbus area. After the vision for the store was devised and a location was found, Bett's sisters Tina Trombley and Kim Modie—all one year apart in age— quit their jobs and joined her. Natives of Marietta, all three had migrated to Columbus over the last several years. Thus, the timing was right for them to pursue their dream of opening a business together.
Bliss Life + Style opened in Dublin's Shoppes at River Ridge on July 1. As the store's owner, Bett buys the products, plans merchandising and handles the bookkeeping. With a background in strategic technology, Trombley is the vice president and general manager, focusing on visual merchandising and social media.
Modie, who has experience in banking and customer service, is the assistant manager. She is also deemed the “queen” of sales and customer service by her sisters. The three have individually unique skill sets and backgrounds that combine well to cover all aspects of running the new shop.
They strive to provide customers with an “eclectic, playful, and well-curated collection of jewelry, home accessories and paper goods created by local artisans and global brands, offered to you with heartfelt and personalized customer service,” according to Bett.
The sisters look forward to their first spring doing business together, with a plan to celebrate nature in home accessories featuring plenty of palm leaves, cacti, pineapples andsea creature motifs.