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Princess Jenkins of " The Brownstone" on "In the know"

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It started when I saw Diana Ross in the 1975 Oscar-nominated film, Mahogany says, Princess Jenkins, referring to her decision at age 16 to enter the fashion industry. In her early twenties, she opened her first boutique in Brooklyn, New York called “Jazz It Up”. Seven years later she left retailing to become an influential motivational speaker and youth / adult entrepreneurial training consultant. However, fashion, her first love beckoned her back and in 1998 she co-founded The Brownstone Boutique Clothing. “I lived in Harlem many years but there were no places I could shop. I suddenly realized that Harlem would be an incredible place to start a retail business” says Princess.

The Brownstone “Lifestyle” Boutique Clothing focuses on ethnically inspired fashions for women age 35-65.The store features a unique collection of clothing, accessories, cosmetics and gifts. A distinctively private shopping experience awaits clients seeking quality, value and most of all customer service. The well-appointed boutique is luminated with chandeliers accented with oak wood floors and hand-painted textured walls for a distinctively unique shopping environment.

As Princess stands outside the doorway of The Brownstone Woman, a twenty-foot mural of her, looms behind her custom painted on a brick wall. She says “we’re giving our clients what they want; contemporary fashion, unique styles in a warm, friendly environment.

The Brownstone Woman has been featured in, O Magazine, Essence, Black Elegance, New York Magazine, and The New York Times as well as Good Morning America, NBC, Metro Television and “Living It Up” with Patti Label.