Patricia moved to Raleigh in 2005. “I wanted to buy a house with a yard and real estate prices in the Boston area were astronomical. I’ve had cats for years and wanted a dog. I thought I could put the dog out in the yard to “take care of business.” Unfortunately, I have a dog that does not like to be alone. At all. Oh well, walking is good Exercise.”
In 2006 Antoinette relocated to Raleigh. “I was ready for a change of pace, a new environment. The slower pace, the milder weather and the friendliness of the people were all a great draw.” During the time I was a concierge, I met my wonderful husband, Kevin.” After three years of a long-distance commuting relationship, Antoinette and Kevin married in July 2010. “Several other members of our extended family live close by and it sometimes seems like we are running a bed and breakfast when other family members come to visit.” Through moves, job changes and all the other day-to-day challenges, we are more connected than we were on our wedding day.
Antoinette has a brother, Anthony, and three children — Dominic, Ian and Danielle. “I am a grand-mother. My daughter, Danielle, has two gorgeous little girls — Saniah, 7, and Symone, 5 going on 30. I am thrilled that Danielle and the girls live close by and I can play an active role in their lives. My son, Dominic, resides in Maryland and Ian in South Carolina. Both visit often.
Personal Lifestyle Concierge is a full-service concierge service. There are other “concierge” services out there, but many specialize in just one area like pet services or travel arrangements. Personal Lifestyle Concierge does it all — running errands, planning parties and events, research and recommendations for a variety of our clients’ needs. Since first accepting clients in September of 2016, we have provided a wide range of services to busy executives. These services have included walking the dogs, taking items to a charity shop and consignment shop, and arranging and waiting for service repair for one of our clients. We also boarded a dog for five days over the Christmas holidays. This was a last minute request from an executive in the financial industry, whose previous arrangement had fallen through. We assisted a Chapel Hill Education professional settle into a new apartment.
While Antoinette and Patricia started out in different places with very different early stories, the things they have in common vastly outweigh their differences. “Every day one of us will make a comment that was something the other was thinking. While we have had some differences of opinion about the business we have always been able to resolve any difference without any bad feelings. We decided in the very beginning that if one partner was against an action, even after discussion, we would not go ahead with it. And we have stuck to that. It is very important to us that as our business flourishes, so does our friendship.”
Personal Lifestyle Concierge is insured and an active member of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and participates in several networking groups in the Raleigh area.