Families visit She Swank Too for their grand opening Saturday in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She Swank Too had dresses on display at the grand opening of Lakesha Cole’s store in Jacksonville Saturday.

Lakesha Cole, a Marine spouse and mother of three, is the owner of She Swank Too, a children’s shop. She recently opened her newest location in Jacksonville.

She Swank Too delivers playful fashion offering a selection of imaginative clothing and accessories that will embrace the innocence and fun of childhood.

"My vision for She Swank Too has always been to create an experience for our customers through memorable fashion that is unique to our location," said Cole. "The newest store in Jacksonville will be reflective of the global perspective that exists in a transient community such as this one."

Cole chased her entrepreneurial dream after realizing the many challenges attached to maintaining a career around the demands of a busy military life. It was in Camp Pendleton, California that Cole decided to make her business dream into a reality. She Swank Too started online and opened its first store at a brick-and-mortar location in Okinawa, Japan.

Cole’s family relocated to the Camp Lejeune-area after receiving military orders earlier this year. Cole brought her company with her and designed a store to place emphasis on locally-made and handmade styles with a flair which capture the imaginative side of children.

"Our customers continue to be the heart and soul of what we do, whether it is in Okinawa, Japan, here in North Carolina or online with visitors from all over the world," said Cole. "My focus remains in using this business as a vehicle to give back and create goodwill in the community that we call home."

The grand opening event was held Saturday at 715 Gum Branch Road, Unit 6 in Jacksonville. Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Armed Forces Insurance, Lori Simmons, was in attendance and spoke at the event.

"Armed Forces Insurance is so proud of Lakesha Cole and her role as a military spouse and entrepreneur," said Simmons.

Cole chasing her entrepreneurial dream is an example of how military spouses are able to make a difference in the community despite the chaos of military life.

For more information about She Swank Too, visit sheswank.com.