Jean Nobles, Fillmore entrepreneur, retires after 35 years

by Carylon Alexander

Jean-Alexander-Nobles, Jean Nobles, Fillmore entrepreneur, retires after 35 years, Culture Currents Jean Alexander Nobles, a successful entrepreneur and evangelist, has owned Jean Nobles Style, a fashionable women’s apparel and accessory boutique in San Francisco, since 1978. She recently announced her retirement after 35 years. Jean Nobles Style has been the go-to place for women of all ages to adorn themselves in beautiful hats, shoes, suits and accessories for Sunday service or other occasions.

For the past 27 years, her boutique has operated in the same location in the historic Fillmore District of the city. Mrs. Nobles’ considerable business acumen, developed over years as a business owner and the daughter of two successful entrepreneurs, is the key to success. Her parents, Walter Dixon and Lois Pettigrew Alexander, were both successful entrepreneurs in West Texas.

Hard work and dedication to her business for decades has made the difference between failure and success. By all definitions, she has succeeded. She recently received the Business Leader of the Year award from the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. Her retail business has thrived, even in the numerous economic downturns over the past three decades.

Mrs. Nobles has mentored countless female entrepreneurs in the city and throughout the country. For 35 years years, her boutique has been a meeting place for women of style, grace and faith. Mrs. Nobles’ business is a true reflection of the woman – one who has persevered and succeeded in business and in life.

Evangelist Nobles is a dedicated church member at Emanuel Church of God in Christ, where she has served in numerous positions including president of the Women’s Department, advisor to the Young Women’s Council, and vice president of the Trustee Board. She currently serves as the Church Mother.

She was a radio personality known for her spirit-filled, anointed vocal narratives. She broadcast weekly for more than 10 years from Greater Gethsemane Church and Victory Temple Church of God in Christ, reaching the San Francisco and Greater Bay Area.

In 1995, Evangelist Nobles organized the “Ministry of Encouragement.” Through this unique ministry, many were clothed, fed, inspired and drawn to Christ. After retirement at the end of this year, she will dedicate her time to her ministry, family and friends.

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