Journeys of Life - District 8

Journeys of Life

Business Name: Journeys of Life

Business Location: 810 Bellefonte Street, Shadyside

In 1989, with the help of her husband Henry, other family, and friends, Jean Haller opened Journeys of Life with limited knowledge of business operations, inventory, and other essential processes. Two weeks upon opening the business, Jean joined the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce and built strong relationships with fellow business owners. In the age of online retail and the arrival and departure of online bookstores, Jean attributes her success to "resilience, determination, perseverance, supportive family and friends and lots of very loyal customers" and "learning from her mistakes." In 2011, Journeys of Life was destroyed in a late night fire. Fortunately, Jean's community partners, friends, and family helped her to rebuild and continue to thrive in Shadyside. Jean's business is committed to helping people recover from alcohol and drug addition. She is a dedicated leader in Shadyside and an advocate for a strong, walkable, and safe business district. Honorable Mention for District 8: A Hair Boutique Shadyside, LaToya Johnson Rainey