PV: Why did you choose this business or line of work?
Myriam: My parents traveled frequently to Tampa and the more they visited the more they grew to like the American way of life. We finally moved here, a couple of years before the Castro take over. Needless to say, they were very smart. We came as residents and were not refugees. My father has always worked for himself and I guess that’s where I developed the desire to always own my business.
PV: What is your primary role or duty in your company?
Myriam: My goal in opening a boutique was to bring beautiful and different items to other women like myself. I do make every effort to make the price reasonable I think that is one of my main goals. Everyone has the dream of looking and feeling beautiful.
PV: What would you be doing now if it weren’t for your business, taking money out of the equation?
Myriam: If I wasn’t in this business and managing my husband’s practice, and did not have to think of money, I would be traveling all over the world. Nothing compares to traveling in my book.
PV: What do you do for fun?
Myriam: What do I do for fun? I spend time with my husband, children and grand-children.
PV: Who or what is most important to you, personally and professionally?
Myriam: The most important person in my life, in every aspect is my husband.
PV: When you were five, what was your dream to be when you grew up?
Myriam: When I was five I dreamt only of running and playing at the beach. I never thought about what to be when I grew up at that age. Did anyone? I do run and play at the beach every week-end at our little get-away with my grand-children.
PV: A little secret about you that would shock those who don’t know you.
Myriam: Shocking little secret? I love lemon drop martinis!
PV: Have you achieved all or most of your dreams thus far?
Myriam: I consider myself a very lucky person, I have achieved most of my dreams; married a wonderful man, have two fabulous children who also found great partners and they have given me four beautiful grand-children. I have always been surrounded by an amazing family and friends that have enriched my life in every way. Then there is my husband, always pushing me to move on and reach for yet another dream.
Myriam Castellano is the owner of the LaJoya Boutique, an upscale ladies boutique. Located at 4816 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, minutes from South Tampa, 813-833-0736.