When LaShawn Cook was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago, she said God not only found her a hospital to receive her treatment and care, but also provided a community, “good people” and a business. that she likes.
Cook, owner of Pink Sheek Boutique in Sallisaw, sells “fabulous jewelry” for $5 a piece, she said. Located on Choctaw Street, the boutique offers earrings, bracelets, necklaces and other jewelry to accessorize with every color imaginable.
“People may wonder how I manage in a business where I sell everything for $5. But I came from California a few years ago and I have a lot of clients from there and all over. It is simply miraculous that in the past two years alone God has provided me with a community, a home and a business here in the town of Sallisaw. I really like it here!” she said with a smile.
“I love my jewelry and I love what I do. I’m actually an independent consultant for Paparazzi Jewelry who sells to individual consultants. I buy from them and resell the items in my store. I have a group VIP of ladies who order regularly and wait for my new inventory every month. I also have a website at mygirlfriendzboutique.com. We just have a variety of all kinds of jewelry,” she said.
“You just gotta love the $5 bling!” she says.
Cook opens his store, located at 125 E. Choctaw Ave. in Sallisaw from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On her days off, she enjoys spending time with her family which includes her husband, David, nine children and three grandsons.
She also loves to travel and is planning a trip to Las Vegas soon with other independent Paparazzi consultants, she said.
“One of my favorite things to do is go to the lake. We have a travel trailer and the best part of life in Sequoyah County are the lakes and rivers here. I love the water,” said She said With the recent property purchase, Cook said she and her husband plan to raise horses.
“I will be so happy when we do because I ride horses and plan to ride them,” she said.
Cook was born and raised in California. For the majority of her time, she lived in Pasadena.
“After the doctors diagnosed me with cancer, I came to Sallisaw because I have family here. My hospital is located in Little Rock, Ark. It is therefore close enough for me to receive my treatment there. I think Sallisaw is such a beautiful little town and there are so many nice and friendly people here,” she said.
“The most amazing part of it all is that I moved here and started a business…all with the help of God, but it’s so amazing to see the support I have received from the community. I have the only black owned business here in town but the people here have welcomed me with open arms and supported my business and I am totally amazed and very grateful for that. It’s just a blessing,” she said.
“I’m a city girl who moved to a quiet little community that I love and it’s priceless!”
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