Hillary Schieve believes in out-of-the-box thinking and turning dreams into action.
She owns three business in the Reno area — Plato's Closet, Clothes Mentor and now The Visionary. The Reno Gazette-Journal named her "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2011 and the Reno Tahoe Young Professionals awarded her a "Twenty Under 40" recognition for her business expertise and her community service. She's a two-time recipient of the Nevada Women's Fund Women of Achievement award.
She's also got a heart (almost) as big as her smile. Her work as an outspoken public advocate for diversity and equality earned her a Humanitarian Award and a Harvey Milk Award.
One cause that's very special to her is organ donation. While training to become an Olympic figure skater, Hillary's kidneys failed, and her sister saved her life with a kidney transplant. Hillary continues to advocate and lobby nationally for organ donation and organ donor awareness.
Jessica Schneider believes in kindness, common sense, keeping it simple and buying used items with character.
She's a serial entrepreneur and style visionary with a deep love of all things junk. Her flagship store, Junkee, is the largest vintage clothing store and antique shop in Reno. It's the place to find the right outfit for Burning Man or one of Reno's many themed parties.
Before opening Junkee, Jessica designed many shop windows in downtown Reno — until the recession hit. Never thwarted, she focused her energy and opened Junkee soon after. Between Junkee, Simple Ice Cream Sandwiches and The Visionary, Jessica transformed a nearly 10,000 square-foot building into a diverse, multipurpose hot spot that's the hub of Reno's Midtown.
Known as Reno's Vintage Style Queen, she serves on the board of many nonprofits, including the city's annual, month-long celebration of the arts, Artown.