Welcome! My name is Jess Adkins and I am the owner of The Southern Stripe. I am 35-years-old and was born and raised in Tampa. I am a graduate of the Hillsborough High School IB program and the University of Florida. Go Gators! I am married to the love of my life, Josh Adkins (another Tampa native), and live in Original Carrollwood with our daughter, Eloise.
Owning my own business has been a dream of mine for years! When we had Eloise, I began working part-time from home and decided that if I was ever going to do it, now was the time! The website launched in November of 2019 and it has been a wild year of learning and growing!
The idea to start a gift and accessory boutique stemmed from my love of searching for and giving people in my life unique and thoughtful gifts. So to now have a place where other people can come to find “the perfect gifts” for their loved ones brings me a lot of joy. I also am an accessory addict, which is why you will find a plethora of statement earrings, jewelry and scarves on the site. If I could wear a great white t-shirt and pair of jeans everyday, I would! Fun statement pieces to dress up a monochromatic look is what I love and live by!