Despite the many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, an islander has found ways to make the best of it by opening an online boutique.
28-year-old Chamorro islander from Saipan Antonette Castro is a classroom teacher by profession in Hawaii but is also known as TikTok influencer Netty Cee. She opened up her online boutique because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Netty Cee shop opened up in September of last year and offers a variety of t-shirts, shades, eyeliners, and lipstick.
Prior to opening up her business, Netty Cee said she was working two jobs, one as a server, but got let go because of the pandemic.
So she was looking for ways to make additional income, thought outside the box, and asked why not start “Netty Cee Merch”.
Netty attributes this to her friend who actually helped her open up the shop.
She says, her friend Sheena — who is also a business owner of “My Creations” — always encouraged her, so she finally took the plunge.
Netty Cee tells PNC that she hopes to go international but also hopes to give back to her community.
“Honestly, when my business starts to grow in a way that I can actually quit my job when I am heavily profiting, I hope to give back. If I have something, then I’ll be able to give, I can’t give what I don’t have,” Netty Cee said.
She added: “I hope to inspire other people especially people from Saipan, Guam, and the entire CNMI and Marianas. Like, hey, if Netty Cee can do it, then I can do it. You don’t even need to rap, you don’t even have to open up your business but it’s to think outside the box. Like what can I do to better myself to help my family. And if I can take care of my family then I can take care of the community.”
Netty Cee encourages everyone to think outside the box during the trying times we are facing and to just do it. Her motto in life is to “Just keep swimming”!
For more details, you can log on to nettyceeshop.com.