(Jan. 3, 2018) -- Meet Christine ’13 and Michelle Wong ’12. These twin sisters launched an online boutique in 2014 and haven’t looked back.
The Wong sisters moved to San Antonio from Lima, Peru in 2001, attended Clark High School and enrolled at UTSA in 2008.
“Our older siblings went to UTSA and we felt the university was so connected with the city of San Antonio, a close-knit campus community where we could really learn and grow,” said Michelle.
Michelle graduated with a marketing and management degree from the UTSA College of Business in the Fall of 2012. Christine graduated with a biology degree from the UTSA College of Sciences in the Spring of 2013.
After graduation, they helped operate their family’s restaurant, but Michelle had a business idea of her own. With an eye to fashion and online shopping, she wanted to sell clothing and accessories online.
“While at UTSA, I learned how to incorporate online marketing and advertising into a business plan, and those skills came into play as I launched Zelle Boutique,” said Michelle.
Michelle tapped Christine’s writing and photography skills for the site.
“I’m a creative person when it comes to Zelle Boutique’s social media channels and website. I take photos and make sure the site is visually appealing to catch the attention of our target audience,” said Christine.
Zelle Boutique launched in October 2014, and the first sale came a month later from a shopper in Ohio. Michelle and Christine said once they made that first sale, there was no turning back.
The Wong sisters are hands-on with their business. They personally work with vendors to select tops, shorts and accessories that are trendy yet affordable for women ages 18 to 32.
They also inspect the products, package the orders and ship them out to customers as far away as Japan, Australia, Canada and parts of Europe.
In the fall of 2017, Christine and Michelle returned to UTSA to pursue an advanced education in finance and marketing. They’re learning from UTSA’s world-renowned business faculty.
“If we can do it, you can do it. The fact that we were able to build a business comes down to being dedicated, focusing on the customers and bringing them what they want,” said Michelle.
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In honor of UTSA's 50th Anniversary in 2019, the university is hosting Roadrunner Days Spring Edition - two weeks of semester-launching activities built around our deeply held values of student success, student involvement, community service and fun!Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Tracy Cowden, Roland K. Blumberg Endowed Professor in Music and chair of the UTSA Department of Music launches the UTSA 50th Anniversary Scholars Speaker Series with Music as Medicine: The Power and Influence of Music on our Health.Radius Center, 411 E. Martin, San Antonio
UTSA African American Studies Program presents this series featuring Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus)
Join fellow Runners to walk for 10 minutes on the Main Campus. The event reminds us of the importance of exercise, diet and healthy habits in protecting our hearts.Outside the North Paseo Building, Main Campus
The annual event features authentic foods, music, dance, martial arts, shopping, games and entertainment from China, to the Indian Sub-continent, and the island nations of the Pacific. The Festival features two stages, a martial arts demonstration area, children’s hands on crafting area, anime activities, bonsai and ikebana displays, mahjong table and more.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
UTSA Libraries will host Bryan Gervais, UTSA assistant professor in the Dept. of Political Science & Geography, for his presentation "Political Incivility in the Digital Age." Pizza will be provided to UTSA students while supplies last.John Peace Library Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22)
Level up your career with a graduate business degree from the UTSA College of Business. Join us for this Open House to learn which of our 13 degree programs is right for you.Business Building (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
Basura Bash is a one-day, all-volunteer event to clean the San Antonio Watershed. For the past 24 years volunteers have cleaned area waterways. Join the UTSA community for the 25th Annual Basura Bash Waterways Cleanup.Maverick Creek, near Brackenridge Ave. Lot 5, Main Campus
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