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Why I opened HSC?

Hello!  I’m Angie Navarre, owner of Highland Shoe Company located in the Village at Lee Branch on 280.  We are a women’s shoe boutique offering quality shoes, clothing, handbags, jewelry and home decor items.  Our shoe brands come from the finest cobblers around the world.  We offer dress and casual shoes for work or play that is quality, comfortable and the latest trend in fashion.  We carry a variety of clothing for teens, moms and grandma too.   You can find your favorite sweater for weekend fun or a nice dress for church or work.  We love supporting local artisans in our jewelry, candle, and home decor items.  I firmly believe in supporting local and keeping our local economy healthy.   The items are unique and represent our Birmingham area.  

I’m often asked why I chose to open a store and I have several reasons.  First, I felt there was a niche in the market.  The quality brands we carry can only be found in Mountain Brook or Homewood.  Personally, I was tired of fighting 280 traffic and thought it would be nice to shop near my home.  

My other reasons are very personal but it’s part of my testimony and who I am.  I’m 40-something years old and have dreamed of being a business owner.  My parents and grandparents operated successful businesses and I grew up in that environment so it’s in my blood.   My last few years have been dedicated to raising my 2 children, Jackson, a freshman at Mississippi State and Brooklyn, a junior at Chelsea High.  I love being a mom but I wanted my own identity and to utilize my God-given talents.  I receive such joy from working in my store and the relationships I’ve developed with my customers.

When I thought about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, my choices were limited.  I was diagnosed with a rare eye disease when I was 15 years old.  There is no cure and my prognosis is blindness.   I have been to every major eye institute and some private practice retina specialists all over the U.S. and we have tried a few experimental treatments with no success.  Others with my eye disease are blind by the time they reach the age of 30.   Several retina specialists have told me that it is “only by the grace of God” that my vision is as good as it is today.  I don’t worry about it and trust God.  He has a plan for my life.  My last reason for opening Highland Shoe Co. is that if I do go blind, as a business owner, I could still be an active participant in our community.  

I’d love for you to stop by my store.  We are located on the Academy/ Publix side of Lee Branch.  I’m in between Sweet Frog’s and English Ivy, just down from Foxy Nails.  It would be my pleasure to meet you.