Monday, August 31, 2015

Meet Mel!

Full name: Melisa Gwen Boren.
Age: 40
Where did you grow up? Menomonie, Wisconsin
Siblings? I have three, all sisters. Julie, Cara and Kristen
How many kids do you have? I have two children, Cody age 20 and Carsten age 14

How long have you lived in the Prior Lake area? 8 years in Prior Lake and I moved to Savage August 30th!
What other jobs do you have? Just being awesome in general. Just kidding. I don't have a full time job because I have Rheumatoid Arthritis for over 20 years and that has not allowed me to keep a job long term. It is a pretty unpredictable and painful disease, and no matter how much I would like to be a full time Gypsy, it just isn't something that is realistic.
How did you start working at TVG? When I moved to Prior Lake I reconnected with my childhood friend, Gus Kirk, who was friends with Marie. Marie's shop had only been open a few months when Gus brought me in and introduced me. After that I was in TVG almost every time it opened.... during one visit I said, I love it so much I could just live in here! Marie said, wellllllll..... we want to go to the cabin, do you think you could help out while I am gone? And that's how our Gypsy Unicorn love affair began. It is now 4 years later and I am not in the shop as often, but I still fill in when they need help, behind the scenes at buyer's markets and I blog here at

What is your favorite thing about working at TVG? Just about everything. I probably enjoy the buyer's markets the most. I love finding unique clothing, accessories and home items. There is nothing like the rush of seeing customers love the things you picked out! Being in the shop less I have realized I really miss seeing the customers and being able to work with all the other gypsy girls, we have so much fun together it doesn't feel like work!

What animal best represents you? A unicorn. DUH.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I have always wanted to go to Spain, ever since I was in high school. I have this dream that somehow, someday I will all of a sudden be fluent in Spanish. It could happen.
What was your dream job growing up? I wanted to be a police officer.
What fad do you wish would come back? Well, as a child of the 80's most of the fads I loved have ALREADY come back! These include legwarmers, stirrup pants, big earrings, crop tops and oversize tops! But, I really wish Swatch Watches would be huge again, because I LOVE THEM!!
What fad do you wish would go away? Tassels on just about anything.
What fad do you hope NEVER comes back? Shoulder pads
What fad do you hope will NEVER go away? Skinny jeans/leggings and boots!! Just don't ever wear leggings as pants. PLEASE!
What makes you happiest? Spending time with my family.... my children, my sisters and their families and my parents.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I tend to be shy at first and don't make the best first impression.
What motivates you to succeed? Accomplishing something difficult and doing things people think I am not capable of.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Happy. A lot has changed for me lately and I am excited to live my life for myself, starting over and seeing what exciting things life has to offer! Hopefully Carsten will be in college but still living with me. Cody will be 25 and I hope he will have found a job he loves. I hope I have at least ONE exotic pet and that I am still helping out at TVG!
Favorites TV Show: Homicide Hunter: Lt Joe Kenda, this guy is cheesy narcissist and I literally want to carry him around in my pocket so he can deadpan insults at people all day. I am kind of in love with the actor that portrays him in all the recreations! Also, American Ninja Warrior, The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, any Real Housewives franchise (but mostly RHONY) Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise!
Music: Ed Sheeran and Mat Kearney Color: Orange Food: Anything with Sweet Potatoes! I just discovered them a YEAR AGO!!! Wine: Moscato or Pinot Grigio

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