When Jill Morgan-Meek opened her shop in downtown Oneonta, she wanted to offer something beyond consignment shopping. She tried to provide thrift prices but with a boutique feel and hipness and service level found in "The City." Jill brought a keen eye for fashion and a sensibility of someone who loved a good bargain and rolled in so much more: the roles of personal shopper, personal stylist, and image consultant. And after just two years in business, Transitions Boutique was recognized as one of the top three consignment shops. The shop soon evolved into an online version called ShopJills.com, which set the stage for something even more significant.
Like millions of businesses worldwide, Jill’s boutique forced to close its doors to the public because of COVID-19. During her time at home, she realized this unique time could be an opportunity to reflect and refocus her professional life – a time to pivot. So, Jill took her expertise in small business, community engagement, image consulting, and more and found a way to offer those services to the WORLD - one small business at a time.
She is launching Big Thinkers, LLC, a boutique PR + Marketing agency for small businesses. Big Thinkers focuses on promoting high-impact products and services of real small businesses to consumers outside their market area, utilizing the power of publicity, advertising, public relations, social media, and of course, sales techniques.
Another part of this pivot was the realization that to properly focus on her new venture helping small businesses of all types better market themselves, she could not devote the hours needed to run a brick and mortar store where Jill is the only full-time staff. So, she is making the difficult announcement that she is closing the doors to the consignment shop.
“I learned so much being a businesswoman in downtown Oneonta, and the customers, neighbors, fellow business owners, and others were an inspiration to me, and many become dear friends,” Jill said, looking back fondly at the many great memories running the boutique. “I’ll always treasure those special times kibitzing in those famous blue chairs.”
Before opening a shop in Oneonta or founded Big Thinkers, LLC, she was a powerhouse marketing force for events that drew millions of people during her tenure, ranging from the world-famous Rochester Lilac Festival to music and film festivals to non-profit events. She also produced and managed events at Frontier Field, a minor league ballpark in Rochester, NY, varying from WUSA Soccer to an annual on-field haunted house called Fear at Frontier that even EPSN featured.
It’s clear Jill’s passion is helping people grow their businesses and network with others. Jill is still actively involved with FemCity, a women’s networking organization that infuses gratitude, positivity, purpose, and soul through local gatherings, virtual networking, and online connectivity.
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