Pink Lily: Worth a trip around the corner
Despite working for three decades in the accounting industry, Sherry Bonner decided slightly more than 10 years ago to make a professional change.
Bonner was close with her aunt, who she spent time with decorating and shopping. It was those memories and experiences that developed a passion inside Bonner that drove her to want to open her own business.
With Jenks being one of Bonner’s favorite spots to come shop, she was driving around the downtown Jenks area one day 10 years ago and saw a for rent sign on First Street just off Main Street.
Bonner decided to take the plunge and leave her job and open the first side of Pink Lily in August of 2010.
“I left a really good job at Fine Airport Parking as an accountant,” Bonner said. “It wasn’t a good time to open a business because the economy was not in great shape, but I went ahead with it. I felt like it was meant to be, everything just fell into place. I prayed a lot about it, and we were able to expand and open the other side of the store a year later. I am very blessed with my family’s and friends’ support.”
Bonner added that she is a big people person, loves to talk to people and get to know people and she didn’t want to sit behind a desk for the rest of her life. She said she truly believed opening the Pink Lily was what she was supposed to do.
“I have seen and met a lot of people,” Bonner said. “People say this is their happy place, that they are very comfortable here and that we have a comfortable atmosphere. Customer service is my top priority with my store. The customer always comes first. I truly believe the success we have had is due to customer service. I have become good friends with a lot of my customers over the past 10 years.”
Bonner said she loves Jenks. She currently lives in Jenks, but she grew up in Tulsa. She said the experience has been a lot of fun, but retail can be difficult to predict. She added that she wants to see every business in Jenks make it and it makes her sad when some of them don’t survive.
“All the stores on Main Street here are very different,” Bonner said. “I had shopped here for about 30 years before opening the Pink Lily. I really like the small town feel you get here. Jenks is where I wanted to be, the people are awesome. The city and the chamber have been very helpful. I am very excited about the growth of Jenks.”
Bonner said over the past decade she has learned numerous things about herself and the business world.
“I have learned that you can’t please everyone,” Bonner said. “I have become a stronger person and a more patient person. I have a lot of friends that come to me and say they want to start a small business and I just tell them that they must be willing to give it 300 percent to make it work. I have been very fortunate to have great people working for me. Customer service is most important to me. You never know what kind of day someone is having, so if I can make one person happy during the day, it makes my day.”
Bonner said she did not envision the store becoming what it is today, and she gives all the credit to God.
“The Lord has taken care of me,” Bonner said. “I always tell people, ‘We are not really on Main Street, but it’s worth a trip around the corner.’”
The Pink Lily is located at 112 S. First Street in Jenks.