Sharon Hinnendael is the owner of Door County’s Sustainable Style, a thrift and vintage women’s clothing boutique experience. “As a single mom, I needed a career where my children can be with me. I love showing them you can do anything you set your mind to.” Learn about Sharon Hinnendael…
Hometown: Green Bay
First job: A fashion model signed with Ford Models. One of the first big jobs I booked was a national commercial for Clean & Clear. I was in that campaign with singer and model Cassie Ventura, who now goes by Cassie.
Favorite ways to spend your free time in WI: My favorite time spent is hanging with my babies, boating, fancy dinners, dressing up, hiking with my Doberman Pinschers, Cain and Abel, traveling, eating, spending time with my brothers and shopping. Wisconsin is such a beautiful place with such beautiful people. The four seasons are something I missed while living away. I moved back from Mexico in June 2020 after six years there, about seven years in LA and a few years in Chicago.
Your biggest accomplishment and why: My biggest accomplishment is handling two babies on my own. It’s been challenging but so amazing. I moved back from Mexico with my dogs and kids alone, and it was no easy feat. They teach me so many things, Henry and Alice. They are 1 and a half and 3, and I wish I could freeze time.
The biggest obstacle you overcame: The biggest obstacle I overcame was wanting to travel the world but living in Green Bay. I started sending out my photos at age 11 to agencies. I was determined to travel the world and make money doing it, and with a ton of hard work and determination and my amazing parents, we made my dreams a reality.
Someone who inspires you and why: Help of Door County inspires me. I am going to team up with them once I get the store going. They helped me through a very difficult time in my life after arriving here from Mexico. The work they do is incredible. They are truly heroes, helping women and children to get out of abusive situations and on their own feet. I adore Milly and the team and am very grateful there is a program in place to help those in danger.
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Do it! Make it happen, start a Poshmark, watch YouTube videos, buy things you think are unique or fun, start selling to family and friends, Facebook about it, create a page for selling on Instagram. Don’t talk about it, do it and it will work out if it’s your passion. Don’t give up.
Favorite quote: GO PACK GO!
Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: My kids were born in Mexico, and we speak Spanish in my house (as much as I can, that is! I’m not fluent).
What makes someone fabulous: Feeling support and love from those around you. I’m here for you, I’ll dress you, I’ll listen to you and I’ll help you in any way I can. This isn’t just my business, it’s my life.