Interview Series with Lauren: Tara Atsalis

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I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Tara since our early days in college and were both part of the Fashion Management Association at Lynn University. We became close one summer while we were in NYC for internships and would meet up after work to vent about our crazy, stressful unpaid jobs. We loved fashion so much we didn’t care but still it was nice to have someone who was going through the same thing you were.
When Tara graduated she moved to New York City to find a job in fashion but realized her true calling was designing bracelets. At that time, I was starting LCNY so it was great to again have Tara to call on for advice and we could exchange ideas. Now, she is opening up her store Taradise in Florida, which I got to see last week and ask her some questions I had to know!
Occupation: Store Owner and Designer
Tell us a little about you and your company: 
Taradise is a Mediterranean Specialties Boutique that was founded in Miami of June 2013. Taradise is a private label that is made up of handcrafted jewelry, swimwear and resort wear that reflect the ancient Greek symbol of the “mati” or greek eye and Grecian key. Taradise also creates an outlet for Greek designers from Greece to showcase their art, jewelry and clothing design in Florida. Taradise’s background resonates from the Greek island of Chios. Which is the inspiration for the boutique and where the speciality products carried come from, the mastiha cosmetics, candy and gifts.
How did you get into your profession?
I got into Taradise by pursing my design passion. I have always wanted to be a designer and a store owner but needed several experiences and career opportunities to take me there. I also finally had the time after graduating college to get in touch with my heritage and visit Greece which opened up many ideas for my company.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Creating a product that gives my customer an experience, a feeling. That is what is special about being a designer.
Where are you from?
I am originally from Wilmington, Ohio, a small farm town but full of wonderful entrepreneurs and well- known businesses.
What is your favorite getaway or vacation spot? 
Chios, Greece. Vokaria Beach in Nenita, Greece.
What 3 things are must have in your LCNY bag?
Mastiha lotion, Wallet & Cell.
Where’s your favorite hangout spot?
I probably have one for each city I travel to frequently! South Florida is so big, I love it! If I have to pick one, it would definitely be The Grove in Miami.
Where do you like to people watch?
Airport!! Best fashion.. dos and donts. Inspiring always.
What’s your favorite restaurant? 
A good steakhouse Smith & Wollenskys!
What would you not be caught dead without?
Fresh nails and toes.
What are you reading right now?
 Rosetta Stone GREEK / WWD
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Greece ☺
What’s your favorite song right now? 
Rude- by Magic
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Red Velvet Cake
Anything else we should know? 
Instagram: @taradisemiami

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