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Pamela Boatman and Peggy Gordon / MARCUS WRIGHT PHOTO

By Marcus Wright

Special to the Michigan Citizen

DETROIT — Peggy Gordon and Pamela Boatman are mother and daughter. They also own P Jazz Collections Boutique. P Jazz sells women’s clothing and jewelry. Like their sign says, “Jazzy, Sassy and Classy.”

They’ve brought the boutique a long way. “I started P Jazz in my living room in August 1999,” Gordon said. “I had a few suits, coats, sweaters, a few purses and a little bit of jewelry.”

Gordon said opening a boutique had been “in my spirit for quite some time.”

She said she loved and still loves clothes. She enjoys her work as a buyer and had a kindred spirit in her daughter, Pamela.

“It is only by the grace of God I made it this far. I didn’t have a full knowledge of business,” Gordon said. “God placed different people in my path that had the knowledge.”

From her home, Gordon moved P Jazz to Warren and Audubon; to Eight Mile and Kelly Road; then across the street to Eight Mile and Kelly Road (Eastpointe); and finally to the present address, 21206 Gratiot.

Boatman joined the business shortly after it moved to Warren and Audubon. She worked with her mother during the summer and, when the opportunity came, she was ready. Boatman said her mother had never asked her to become part of the business.

Gordon said when Boatman became part of the business it took off. “Not only is it a business but a passion,” Boatman said. “We love what we do: Making people look good.”

Boatman said if you look good you feel good. She said people like to be complimented. They like to be told they look good.

Gordon said the business has had its ups and downs. Financing was hard, and still is, she said.

Boatman said she tells people who say they would like to go into business to go for it but know it is hard work. “Whatever you can do yourself, do it,” Boatman said. “Follow your dream.”

Boatman is fortunate. Both her parents have neighborhood business backgrounds. Her father, Harold “Bee Bop” Gordon was a Negro League Pitcher. He pitched against Satchel Paige at Tiger Stadium in 1954 and won 2-1.

He also owned Mack Avenue Records and a shoe shine parlor. “He was always trying to help someone,” Boatman said.

“I’m going to work as long as I can because it is something I love to do,” Gordon said.

P Jazz Collective Boutique, located at 21206 Gratiot, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contact them at 586.774.4202.

Contact Marcus Wright at marcuswright@michigancitizen.com

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