This business began with two women who were in love with all things creative. We made jewelry and sold it. Eventually we began purchasing and selling costume jewelry and women’s apparel. Here we are today, still together, opening our dream store. My dear friend, Beverly Bryan, has been with me from the very beginning, Her support and help has been the cornerstone of this business.
You will see that music is my passion. This is why I am donating 10% of all profits to private music instruction for underprivileged children.
My name is Diane Austin and I am the owner. Music has been my life. In 1978, I was fortunate enough to begin what was a very satisfying career as a an entertainer. It all began at Opryland, USA where I was hired as a singer/dancer. I remained at Opryland until 1983 where I performed in “Country Music USA”, “SHOWBOAT”, “Today’s County Roads”, and “Sing Tennessee”.
1983 began a recording and touring career that lasted nearly 10 years. Myself, along with three dear friends: Doris King Merritt, Tammy Stephens Smith, and Cindy Nixon Psanos, formed the girl group “The Girls Next Door”. We were blessed in that our first single on MTM records went to #14 on the Country Billboard charts (“Love Will Get You Through Times of No Money”). Our second single, “Slowboat to China” (1986) went to #9 on the Billboard charts. Later we moved to Atlantic Records. Shortly after, priorities shifted to having and raising our children and the group disband. We toured with Lee Greenwood, The Oak Ridge Boys, and the Statler Brothers, mostly. We also performed with Reba, Randy Travis, Dwight Yoakam, and many others. Television appearances included “The Today Show”, “Nashville Now”, “Onstage”, to name a few.
After Girls Next Door I returned to Opryland for a few shows - The General Jackson . "Showstoppers", " I Hear American Singing", and “...And the Winner Is”. While performing in these shows I attended MTSU and received a degree in Music Education. There began my second career as a music teacher. I taught music at Providence Christian Academy, MTSU, and Rockvale Elementary. I also was the worship leader at my church during this time and the owner of The Academy of Music and Drama.
In 2018 I decided to give into my entrepreneurial spirit once again and retired from teaching. One month after retirement I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. This only inspired me more to live my dream. Today - I am cancer free. Cancer has given me a new perspective, and a new respect for life, people, and love!