I “gained my independence” when the national retailer I worked for sold to a company based in California. It had been a wonderful experience, doing the visual merchandising for a 100 store chain, helping to design the new stores and open them, choosing product and helping to set up an additional 100 temporary stores each Holiday season. All of this great experience made me realize that I had the skills to go out on my own. I moved to Frederick 16 years ago and have been INDEPENDENT ever since! And I love it!