Here at Fashion Addition 14 Plus, we are thrilled to have many long-term employees — some of whom have been with us for decades.
This includes Joanne Kring from our Morgan Crossing location, who started with us back in the Spring of 1988 as a sales associate at the age of 16.
This fabulous fashionista, known for her own signature style, reflects on her 25 years of service in our brand new series: In the Spotlight. Enjoy!
What was the company like back when you first started?
New and exciting. I felt lucky to be working with someone I really liked and respected, Marilyn Booth.
When did you get promoted to a management role?
Fall of 1989… when Bill and Marilyn opened their third store in Scotsdale Mall in Delta.
Tell us a bit about your background. Was a career in fashion always on your agenda?
After completing the Early Childhood Program at Douglas College, I worked as a preschool supervisor for over 8 years.
I drifted into retail after being in a Fashion show for Antels — I started off as Christmas help… that’s where I met Marilyn. She was assistant manager at Coquitlam Center and I was assistant manager at Guilford Centre.
What is your most memorable moment working with FA14+?
Sorry, it’s so hard to pick just one. I have been blessed with 25 years filled with laughter and joy. All the strong amazing women I have had the honour of sharing my life.
With that said, what flashes through my head is the Semiahmoo staff and I taking a limo to our company Christmas party where the management team performed our rendition of ‘SUPER STAR.’ Not to be repeated ever…
What do you enjoy most about working with this company?
The mystery and challenges…not knowing who is going to walk through the door. When I am asked what I do for a living I say, I create magic!!!!!! I make women feel and look fabulous all day long.
Always changing! I dress for me –What feels comfortable . I feel I have a gift in knowing what looks the best on my body.
Who are your favourite designers?
This season KOKO MARINA. My closet is full of KAREN KANE and SYMPLI.
What are your plans this summer?
Off to Vegas to celebrate my nephew’s 21 birthday. Every summer I host a big backyard party, since I came back from Bali. It’s called our BALI BLAST and this year’s theme is “redneck come as you are.’
Do you have a favourite quote?
When I first read this question I broke out in tears… not all sad. It’s a family thing. After my brother passed away, I found out he would say to his staff “just get it done.” My nephew used this in his graduation comments “ A wise man once said… “just get it done.” I have had this engraved on silver key chains for the boys. I was sharing this story with one of my staff and she said that I say this as well.
My nephew used this in his graduation comments “ A wise man once said… “just get it done.” I have had this engraved on silver key chains for the boys. I was sharing this story with one of my staff and she said that I say this as well.
Fashion Addition would like to take this moment to invite you to help us Celebrate Joanne Kring and her 25 year Milestone!