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Style-savvy and determined to succeed, Jennifer Massarelli-Bossier builds a boutique following

Fashion Designer Jennifer Bossier wears a blush silk blouse with delicate ruffled lace trim - a signature piece in the fall line of Bossier's 2013 J*Blonde collection. (Mary Solberg)

It's been a whirlwind year for Jennifer Massarelli-Bossier. In the past 12 months, she's married her great love, Brian Bossier, built her own personal line of women's fashion across the United States, amd traveled to buyers nationwide, in search of classic women's apparel to fill the racks at her two suburban boutiques.

"It's been a really busy time," she says.

Thirteen years ago, Bossier’s dream was dramatically different than her reality. She had studied and successfully launched a career in medical research, but in the back of her mind, she’d always aspired to opening a fashion boutique. Fortunately for fashionistas everywhere, Massarelli stumbled on a beautiful and available storefront in downtown Glen Ellyn, and decided it was the perfect spot to build her dream.

“I have always wanted to open a boutique based on great clothing, great jewelry and great accessories that were unique and affordable,” she says. “I didn’t want to wake up someday and think, ‘I could’ve, would’ve, should’ve.’ I didn’t want to have that kind of regret, so I took the opportunity.”

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