BBW MEMBER INTERVIEW: Kellee Twadelle, Owner Rose & Dove Specialty Gift Shop

BBW MEMBER INTERVIEW: Kellee Twadelle, Owner Rose & Dove Specialty Gift Shop

For 10 years I worked as an IT Project Manager. After getting married, and starting a family I found the commute and daycare overwhelming and decided to take time off to stay at home with my two children. During that time I started making jewelry, attending craft shows and selling wholesale to gift shops. I started my own gift shop in 2005.

What is your name and occupation?

Kellee Twadelle, Owner Rose & Dove Specialty Gift Shop

How long have you been a Boston Business Women’s Member?

Less than a year

What is your instagram handle?

@roseanddove

Were you born and raised in Boston? If not, what brought you here?

No, born in Brockton, MA, moved the Martha's Vineyard in high school, moved back to Boston for graduate school at Northeastern University and settled in North Andover

Tell us more about your job or company and what led you to your career?

For 10 years I worked as an IT Project Manager. After getting married, and starting a family I found the commute and daycare overwhelming and decided to take time off to stay at home with my two children. During that time I started making jewelry, attending craft shows and selling wholesale to gift shops. I started my own gift shop in 2005.

What would your clients say about you and your company?

It is their happy place. Our customers always comment on how they know they will find the perfect gift. We provide a variety of gifts for everyday occasions, at affordable price points. We constantly go above and beyond for our customers - their dedicated support and loyalty in shopping local is what has kept us in business the last 14 years.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

If you fail don't be afraid to try again. Every situation gives you an opportunity to make the next one even better with lessons learned from mistakes made.

What is your favorite book?

Sadly, I have not read a book in a VERY long time. It is one of my goals for 2020 to take more personal time to do things such as this!

What is your secret weapon? An app, a tool, a organization method, anything?! (Can be a personal or professional life tool)

Merchandising and creating themed vignets.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Take more time to yourself. Try and leave work at work and not let it consume you 24/7.

How do you enjoy your free time?

With my family, skiing or boating.

What is something that not many people know about you?

That my real name was Raquel Welch until I got married and legally changed it to Kellee Twadelle.

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