In 1988, Ann Powell was faced with the challenge of balancing the demands of new motherhood with the desire to have a flexible and rewarding career. She teamed with her mother, Rachael Dickerson, to create a venture that would allow the flexibility her family required and the outlet Ann needed to support her entrepreneurial spirit. It was this partnership that led to founding Taylor Made for You. The company began in the upstairs bedroom of Rachael's home, and was named in honor of Ann's six month old son, Taylor.
After twenty-five years and seven moves, Taylor Made for You now occupies 4,000 square-feet of showroom and warehouse space. The shop carries over 2,000 items including gourmet foods, made-in Virginia products, specialty gift items, wine and beer. While most orders come via phone, website, fax or e-mail; many customers enjoy browsing the showroom and selecting items for a custom gift. Taylor Made for You has become the leading supplier of gift baskets in the Richmond area and has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Gift Basket Companies in America by the gift basket industry.
Taylor Made for You has also become a good community partner. Their gift baskets are present at numerous silent auctions and charity events around the area as many organizations take advantage of the company's 50/50 not-for-profit donation program. Ann has served on many Boards around the city including the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, NAWBO, and The Virginia Council of CEOs. She is also recognized nationally in the gift basket industry and has spoken at numerous conventions and trade shows on a variety of topics. Ann took her vision and turned it into a vital and thriving business, Taylor Made for You.