MEET THE OWNERS:
I was born in St. Charles, MO in 1977. I have one brother, Joe, who owns Joe’s Furniture Fixin and a sister, Jennifer, who owns The Traveling Chef. While my parents were together, we moved all over the the state of Missouri. I ended up in Springfield and have been here since 1981. I went to Jefferies Elementary, Cherokee Junior High School (before it was called middle school) and I graduated from Kickapoo High School in 1995.I have two amazing kids that attend Parkview High School. My business partner, Amanda and I have been best friends since 8th grade. We actually met in home economics class. I missed class the first two weeks of school because I was recovering from cat scratch fever. My first day back, she turned around and said, “Where the f*ck have you been?" For whatever reason, that is what started our lifetime of friendship. Amanda and I have talked about owning our own business for over 20 years and I think we are both proud to say we finally did it.
In 1971, my parents were hitchhiking their way from the East Coast to California. They were walking down highway 60, with their thumbs out when a state trooper stopped and told them to get off the highway. They shortly got off at the Mansfield exit and walked until they reached Ava, MO. They fell in love with the area and decided that was the place they wanted to live and purchased a small farm on Beaver Creek. Shortly after, they had me! My parents didn't work out and separated when I was two. My mom and I moved back to her home town, Wilmington, NC. At the age of eight, we moved back to the Ozarks where I have been ever since. I started 4th grade at a brand new school called Wanda Gray. After Wanda Gray, I attended Cherokee Junior High School where I made most of what are now my lifelong friends including my business partner, Jessica. In 2004, I met a man from South Africa. Shortly after, I moved there with him and had my first child. South Africa was great, but I was homesick - so, a year later we moved back. While I overjoyed to be back, he missed Africa, so we had to go our separate ways. After getting back on my feet, my mother and I started an estate sale business, called Affinity Estate Sales, that she still operates today. For Jessica and I, starting our own business has been an ongoing dream of ours for 20 years and I’m so thankful we've had the opportunity.