It all began when...
Jennifer Grayson had her first job in retail at 14 year old and fell in love. Once Jennifer graduated college, she worked an exciting four years in New York. However, she knew she wanted to come back home to the South and start a family. In 1998, without a dollar to her name, Jennifer took out a $5,000 loan and began slowly building her business, One Fish Two Fish, from the ground up.
Despite opening her own store, Jennifer says the hardest thing she has ever done was raising her two kids. Not being able to work part time, she opened her store knowing she would be able to keep her children with her. With playpens and cribs in the back, she managed to balance work and family. The boutique became such a part of her kids’ lives that one of her daughter’s first words was “necklace.” Not only was the boutique part of her children’s lives, but her children also became part of the community. The customers would stop in and play with the young children; even the UPS man would hold and watch the younglings. How Jennifer was able to juggle two children and run a business at the same time is an amazing feat but with the help of a supportive community, anything is possible.
Jennifer’s children are grown now but that does not change the impact this store has on Savannah. One Fish Two Fish isn’t just one of the stores in town, it is a part of the culture here and a testament to what a community can accomplish. After all, they say it takes a village to raise a child. It’s been a long journey, but Jennifer wouldn’t change a thing. She feels lucky every day and is so thankful to be a part of the supportive family that is Savannah.