Lorelai Sallman has an entrepreneurial streak. The teenager at Ruckel Middle School might not have realized it as early as she did – if it weren’t for some of the girls she went to elementary school with.
You see, the girls started making bracelets, and Lorelai became fascinated. She quickly learned how to make them herself – and began to teach others how to do it too.
But it was at her dad’s urging that she decided to take a shot at selling the bracelets to others. “My Dad said, ‘oh, my gosh, you should sell those!’ So I sold them around his work. And now it’s a big thing!”
That’s where the Niceville Bazaar comes into the story. The bazaar, which was previously held at Crosspoint Church, gave Sallman her start. She set out a booth for the first time and sold plenty of bracelets to interested shoppers.
Many people in the Niceville area – associated with the base anyway – know how important it is to test a concept before using it on the battlefield. Like the engineers and test pilots on Eglin Air Force Base, Lorelai used the area as a test range for her business.
Turns out it was pretty successful. It turned a profit! Not bad for an entrepreneur without a driver’s license. It taught her some early lessons about entrepreneurship as well.
“I’ve learned how to be on time, how to save my money and how to keep track of everything,” Sallman said, “ I’ve begun to use planners, binders and budgets, stuff like that.”
The Niceville Vendor Event is one of many fundraisers the Niceville Eagle Pride High School Band will put on over the next couple of months to raise money for their trip to the Rose Bowl.
The Event takes place from 9 AM to 1 PM at Niceville High School on Saturday, May 13th. Naturally, Sallman’s business – Salt and Light Jewelry – will have a booth set up and ready to sell.