My youngest child was in high school and he was about to graduate, leaving us empty-nesters. We have a vacation home near Wilmington, and a favorite past-time of mine was shopping when we were there. One day I heard about a newly opened shoe boutique named Monkee’s. I went into the store and fell in love! I told my husband I really wanted to bring the concept back to Winston-Salem, and the rest is history! Reynolda Village is a very special place – the former estate of RJ Reynolds- and I thought it would be a beautiful setting for a small ladies boutique.