Thanks for taking some time to learn more about "us"! I'm Kelley Buckner, the owner of Inspire Fashion. I've always loved clothes and shopping- what girl doesn't!-but it took a long time for me to get to the point of opening my own store.
I'm originally from a small town in Iowa, and although we've come to love Texas and consider it home, I'll always be a Midwest girl at heart! I got my undergraduate degree at the University of Northern Iowa (go Panthers!) and my master's in psychology at Eastern Illinois University. After that, job opportunities took me to the Kansas City area where I lived and worked in the mental health field for many years. I met my husband in Topeka, Kansas and we decided to compromise and settle in Lawrence, Kansas to start our family. After my son was born, I decided to take time off from working and was fortunate enough to stay at home with him for his first 5 years.
When I decided to go back to the working world, I realized I wanted something different. Something less stressful, less intense...enter retail! I had no idea how stressful and intense it can be! We relocated to Beaumont, Texas for my husband's job in 2012 and I was lucky enough to find an amazing boutique, where I worked and eventually became the manager. I learned the ins and outs of running a small business and managing a store. I cannot say enough about the experience I obtained working there!
Another move for the family, and we found ourselves in McKinney, Texas in 2016. It's been such a welcoming community and we feel so at home here! Shortly after getting settled, we decided to take the plunge into becoming business owners and opened Inspire Fashion in December 2016. It has been a lot of hard work, long hours and trial and error, but it has definitely become my passion!
When I was struggling with coming up for a name for the store, a friend asked what inspired me. After some contemplation, I told her that it was so many things: the simple beauty of nature, the innocence of my (sometimes not-so-innocent) 10 year old, the smile from a stranger, a sweet glance from my husband, my dogs playing, finding the perfect top or piece of jewelry...I could go on! I decided on Inspire Fashion because I want everyone to find inspiration everyday. Our focus is on quality, everyday clothing and jewelry for all women. I believe inspiration can be found in every aspect of life, and strive to provide a piece of that for you.
Thank you for visiting our store. Our customers are what drive and, yes, inspire us! Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions, comments, suggestions or just to say hi!