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Black Friday vs Gallbladder

Black Friday is like the superbowl for retail. So much goes into it with the hopes of the return that you've always dreamt of. This year, we decided to do "Black Friday Week." It all started on Monday. It's go-time. Then, my gallbladder had other plans. With extreme pain, I ended Monday afternoon in the ER and within a couple of hours was admitted to the hospital for surgery. 

All I could say was: What the f*ck. Seriously, of all weeks, out of 52 weeks of the year my gallbladder had to shit on me THIS week. In addition to me ... my main gal that's the boss when I'm out (Mel) had a sick baby at home and my model (Vanessa) was also in the hospital with her daughter, Sophie. So let's just say, WINNING! 

But, let me tell you something. We've been in business for 8 years, and in those 8 years we've been building and molding ZZS to be more than just a "mom and pop shop." We've in the last 2 years have been very serious about growing leaders and building our staff to be confident in what we've taught them. We've been building ZZS to be bigger than us. Bigger than me. Bigger than me and Joel. This week, this awful, dreaded hell week showed us that we are doing that. Our people kicked ass and took names. It's like a proud mama moment to see your team being confident and running the show. As much as wish I was there, I'm glad I wasn't. It not only showed us that what we've been working towards is happening but it also showed our managers, supervisors and associates that they CAN do it. 

From the start of Black Friday to the end of Cyber Monday, we received 9,000 orders and a half of million dollars in sales. Thank you, thank you for supporting our small business. You are supporting 30 different employees and their families.  I share this, not to brag, but for you, as our customers to see that your support is putting food on the table for real families. That we are here, working hard for you, even if it is to make your outfit choices easier every morning. But also for those that have a dream of starting a small business. Put in the work. Put in the grind. You'll always feel like you are running uphill, in the snow, during a hurricane but it is worth it. 

Now, 5 days post-op, I'm on the mend feeling much, much better. Looking forward to wrapping up the year nearly doubling in growth from last year. We have so much to be thankful for, so much to look forward to and so many goals for 2022. We can only say thank you to our biggest fans and supporters, but know we will never stop saying thank you. We couldn't do it without you!

Much love, 

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  • Priscilla Ann Winegar

    Leslie – I had to write and tell you how much I relate to you and your beautiful clothing and everything else that you put out there…your family, your story, three boys and being their mom and saying fuck every once in a while! I’m 77, going on 78 but by golly I’m going to wear your clothes til I die!!! I hope they bury me in something from you – you’re my kind of people! Best of luck with the new warehouse!


    Hi Leslie,
    We took a trip to LA to see my sons and I woke up one night vomiting and severe abdominal pain. Hubby called an ambulance. I was taken to UCLA Hospital and had Necrotizing Pancreatitis. It was the worst PAIN I have ever experienced (and, the docs told me it IS the worst). I spent 2 months in the hospital! We live in Chicago, so, hubby had to scramble to get yard care and kitty cat care arranged, as he stayed with me. It was horrible. I had test after test. Ended up with pneumonia and blood clots. I got out once, but, then I got a fever and had to go back in the hospital. I have a long road to full recovery. I lost 90 pounds. They put a stent in my tummy to drain the pancreas (won’t be for a while) and my gall bladder out. My hair is coming out in wads, even have a few bald spots. Our annual music cruise had to canceled and XMas was a no go. I am sick of being sick. Cathy

  • Sarah E Dean Phifer

    Praying for all of you! I have so enjoyed getting to know the ZZS Family and the stylish clothes you offer. May 2022 be healthy and prosperous!

  • Alma Foote

    Wow so sorry for you all ! Big prayers for a better Christmas better health for all, I absolutely love ZZS I just never buy any other clothes now this has been a answered prayer for me everything fits perfect! Love you all and pray you keep doing what you’re doing and keep growing! Stays strong beauties yall got this!! Lots of love Alma

  • Virginia


    I hope you are on your way to healing fulling and completely. Healing prayers for you, Mel, Vanessa and her daughter!

    Thank you for doing ALL that you do! I’m in love with all the clothes that ZZS it is now my #1.
    I tell everyone about your online boutique. I wish you and family and your Team at ZZS lot of success and prosperity!
    God Bless & Merry Christmas
    You most Loyal customer ;)

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