A few years ago, all my youngest daughter could talk about was hedgehogs. She would follow famous hedgehog pets on Instagram, watch hedgehog bath videos on YouTube, and scoured Pinterest for hedgehog name ideas.
My then 16-year-old Jillian begged and begged to get one of the little guys as a pet, but she could only find them for sale hundreds of miles away for a cost way over what we were willing to pay for a pet.
One day, as I was doing my daily Facebook run-through, I came across an ad for a litter of hedgehogs at a house in Springdale. It was the greatest opportunity to surprise my daughter.
I walked into our brick and mortar location, where we had only been in for a month, and shocked my whole family with a little baby girl. Jillian squealed and named her Olive. From then on, Olive has been our official shop pet and a favorite among customers.
In the first month of having Olive we learned a lot about hedgehogs. First off, they are nocturnal, a fact that makes mid-day play time a struggled for everyone. Olive also has a very sensitive stomach; she has to eat Blue Buffalo cat food, fruit, and, for a treat, mealworms.
Hedgehog parties with Olive mostly involve time in her exercise ball, in which she runs all over our shop. She will walk around until she gets tired, and then it's bath time. That's when it gets cute.
Olive loves her bath time. She gets scrubbed down with her toothbrush and Johnson and Johnson baby soap, and then it's time for her backstroke. She loves floating on her back for as long as you'll let her. Overall, she's pretty cute.
We love having Olive as part of our family and Valere Rene team. She is a perfect little companion, and she loves us (and our bags) back!
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Our company designs and creates a collection of handmade lifestyle handbags, ranging from unique makeup bags, to versatile purses, and beach bags for the fashion-conscious traveler, all made in the USA by fine southern ladies in Rogers, AR.
We pride ourselves in creating high-quality, stylish, southern handbags with the goal to beautify & inspire southern women to pursue their unique dreams.
Following a 20-year-career in the world of dentistry management, a personal health battle led me to put my sewing skills to use. Not only did I discover my newfound passion of handbag design, but I pursued it. The business started in my dining room, and with a lot of hard work, led me to open a brick and mortar in Downtown Rogers in July of 2014. It has been a journey of faith & empowerment, with my family at my side every step of the way.
We now have 70+ retailers across the country, from Colorado to Louisiana to Connecticut and one retailer in Costa Rica. We have been so blessed by Valere Rene and hope our success continues to grow.