Hello! My name is Rachel and I'm the owner of Johnny & Dot. I am so happy you're here!
I hope you find something within the pages of this shop that inspires confidence and joy and brings a smile to your face! A little about me...I have worked full-time in higher education for over 20 years (and still do!) I have my BA in Speech Communication and MS in Higher Education. I am a Southern California native but have spent some time living in Oregon and dream of owning a Montana lake house someday! I might also have a slight obsession with succulents & sunsets!
I am engaged to the most incredible man named Jim. We got engaged in the Florida Keys in the Summer of 2021 during an epic 3-week road trip and I look forward to calling him my husband in July of 2022.
Jim wears multiple hats within Johnny & Dot including Director of Logistics, Shipping Coordinator, Chief Quality Control Engineer, and perhaps the most important one, Chief Encouragement Officer. They are all currently volunteer positions but maybe someday he'll be promoted! But in all seriousness, he's a true gem and I'm so thankful for all of his support!
So you might be wondering who are Johnny & Dot? Is that just a made-up pair of names that sound kind of good together? DEFINITELY NOT!
Johnny & Dot are my incredible grandparents.
They poured so much love into our family and I am forever grateful that the Lord gave them to me as grandparents. My family is of Russian ancestry so they will always be my Baboonya & Gedda. They met in Long Beach, CA but grew up in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles and were married in 1937. My Baboonya passed away much too young in 1986 at the age of 69 and my Gedda would follow in 2010 at the age of 94. My life and the life of my sisters, cousin, and the entire family was forever impacted by their love of family and so it seemed fit to honor their legacy by naming my shop after them. Plus, aren't they just the most beautiful couple?
Everything we do as a business is rooted in the values, work ethic, and love they showed me. I think it's appropriate that this shop has evolved into what it is - a place that brings inspiration, confidence, and joy to educators everywhere!
Throughout my childhood, a day would hardly pass without my grandfather telling me how important it was to go to school and learn as much as I can. I credit him with my desire to be a lifelong learner. And here I am at 42 years old, navigating the ups and downs of building a business - I'm sure they would both be proud. If you've made it this far into our description of who we are...thank you! I am sincerely humbled by your support and want you to know that if there is ever anything I can do to better serve you, please reach out and let me know.
God bless you!