Fashion Shanequa Johnson, Founder of Barcode Glam
We chat with this Cicinnati-based entrepreneur about her online boutique and her #InHerShoes initiative to connect and inspire other female entrepreneurs.
“Get Glam or be bare” has always been the motto for Barcode Glam, an online shoe and accessory boutique founded by entrepreneur Shanequa Johnson in June of 2015.
“Barcode Glam is all about your polish,” says Johnson. “Portraying your sense of fashion through your choice of statement shoes & accessories. To step out and make a statement of who you are with your shoes is not only our mission but it is our passion.”
Barcode Glam was originally started as a second source of income for Johnson. She is a small business owner as well as an EMR Contractor and Esthetician.
“When I started my career as a esthetician in the state of Ohio, I always wanted a esthetics shop but I didn’t have the finances to start that dream,” she explains. “I decided to find a second source of income and I love shoes. So the idea began to open a online shoe boutique and Barcode Glam was created.”
Johnson is hoping to move her boutique into a brick and mortar store in 2018. As of right now, she has been resourcing the City of Cincinnati Pop Shop location in College Hill through Dec. 30 of this year, but once she moves out, she will focus on the online business and continue to keep an eye out for the perfect location.
“Barcode Glam is a statement piece kind of boutique. Shopping at Barcode Glam you know you will walk out with a conversation piece item; always bold and hard to find,” Johnson says.
Barcode Glam has led Johnson to make lots of connections with other women, entrepreneurs, and opportunities. This inspired her to launch the #InHerShoes initiative to connect other female entrepreneurs.
“#InHerShoes is a positive blog to feature the daily life of a superwomen,” says Johnson. “In the last two years I have meet, associated and became friends with other female entrepreneurs in the area. I wanted #InHerShoes blog to be a resource for others like us.
Johnson hopes to also start her own non-profit organization to build confidence in middle school and high school girls, to give them an outlet for creative expression as well as providing mentorship to become inspiring women. She also has big plans for the future of Barcode Glam, including having a flagship store with her own branded collection of shoes.
Johnson prides herself in being organized and having patience; two qualities that have assisted her in making her business so successful. Through #InHerShoes, she enjoys helping other women build their confidence and inspiring future entrepreneurs.
“My best advice is budget your business before you do anything, make sure you have a plan for where your money will be disbursed,” she says. “And stay educated in your field. On a monthly basis, I take online classes to keep me up to date of what’s new in the online business field.”
To learn more, visit https://barcodeglam.com.