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Alicia Rochelle Edwards @The Are.Closet

I’m here to tell you to never give up on your dreams. I began to realize that what I thought was just a dream was actually my God-given talent.

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Ever since I was a child, I’ve been intrigued and captivated by different styles of fashion, from watching fashion shows to viewing window displays inside the mall. As I’m 5 feet10 inches tall, I have always dreamed of either walking that runway myself or having my fashions viewed on the runway. But as we all know, life happens and our dreams are sometimes put on the back burner. 

I’m here to tell you to never give up on your dreams.  I began to realize that what I thought was just a dream was actually my God-given talent. When I would take pieces from my personal closet and mix-and-match them or replace one piece with another, people would always ask, “Where did you buy that?” — and just like that, the A.R.E Closet was born. 

I wear many hats. I’m a wife, mother, and grandmother, and I already had a very demanding career. So questions started swirling: How can I really start this new business? Where would I find the time? Will people actually buy my original pieces? 

Then, fear crept in, and I began to doubt my decision. I thought to myself, I don’t want to fail, but I knew if I didn’t at least try, that would be the ultimate failure. We sometimes put so much pressure on ourselves and look for the world to validate us, but God is Who we should live to please. God gave me this gift, so it can’t fail no matter what happens. I began to put my faith and trust in God for all things. God miraculously blessed me with the resources and the strength to step out and live my dream of opening a boutique full of my designs and creations. I specialize in original, unique, one-of-a-kind custom clothing for women. God is truly merciful and has also allowed me to partner with my daughters. The A.R.E Closet is located within The Dan & Deme Experience Salon in Tinley Park, Illinois.  We are your one-stop shop for Beauty, Shopping, and Relaxation. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13). 

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