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Jane Abraham Scout and Molly

She Owns It! Scout and Molly’s Boutique

Jane Abraham has enjoyed a successful career in the private sector, the non-profit sector and the political arena.  Most recently, she served as Chairman of the Congressional Commission to Study the Potential for a National Women’s History Museum.  Jane’s professional assignments have included management roles for the Republican Party at both the state and national levels as well as consulting duties for a variety of private sector companies through Abraham Strategies, LLC, a strategic marketing, government affairs and event planning business she founded in 2002. Jane most recently launched a new business, Abraham Retail Group, LLC with her daughters, Elizabeth and Julie. They will be opening and managing a number of Scout & Molly’s franchise boutiques. She also has a wide range of experience serving on educational, cultural and social service boards.

Scout and Molly Franchise Opening

 What was happening in your life that caused you to want to own a business?

As my twin daughters graduated from Georgetown University, I searched for an opportunity to build something with them.  As it turned out both girls are co-owners of the business with one of them working side by side with me.  We’ve become true partners and our strengths and weaknesses compliment each other.

Why franchising (did you consider a startup)?

A franchise offers structure and support.  I did not consider a startup.

 Why Scout and Molly’s – did you look at any other options?

I worked with a fabulous franchise broker who presented several options to me and my daughters after learning about our interests and goals.  Scout & Molly’s was fairly new and I liked the idea of being part of building the brand.  Additionally, the corporate team really values the owners and the unique demographics in each of our areas.  So, while we are all under the same brand, we are allowed to customize our offerings to our particular audience.

 What was the biggest surprise when you opened your business?

On the positive side — I truly love retail, our customers and working with my daughter.  On the negative side —  there is so much more back of house work and technology needs than I could have imagined.  Additionally, weather affects sales much more than I would have anticipated.

 What would you have done differently now that you know what you know?

Probably nothing different.  Sometimes a little naivete is good.  If I had really known the sheer quantity of work, I might not have made the leap.  I would have missed a great adventure with my daughter.

What’s the best thing about your work?

My customers.  It has been so wonderful getting to know so many fabulous women.

What’s next for you?

We are in the build out phase of our second store.  It should be ready to open mid September.  

Please visit Jane and Betsy at Scout and Molly’s in Reston Town Center for all your fashion needs.  It’s a great store with effortless, fun stylish clothing and very cool accessories for just about any occasion


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