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Jean Brown
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Posted: Sep. 12, 2020 4:40 pm Updated: Sep. 12, 2020 10:53 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a veterinarian. My care for animals and animal welfare is still strong to this day, except snakes. I just can't with those things.

What would you rather be doing right now? In the sun, on a boat on the river near our house with my family watching my children play (and having a cold drink)!

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I secretly stay up late watching episodes of "Chopped" wile I devour my favorite gourmet snack, Ruffles and cottage cheese.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? The day Three Keys opened our doors to the public last December.

It really stinks when ... people lack table manners.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Determined, spunky or loyal.

I always laugh when ... my kids use a phrase that I've never heard them use and wonder where on earth they got that from!

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My grandparents, Doris and Wayne, and obviously Jennifer Aniston so I could get into an in-depth conversation with her about her hair care routine.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... sit by our fire pit and watch the sun go down over the river while watching my boys play in the yard.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... sweet and shy. And they probably didn't think I had an opinion about anything. If only they could see me now!

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... when Jason Aldean looked me square in the eye and threw his guitar pick at my forehead during a live show.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go visit my best friend in Florida.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... touch a snake.

America should be more concerned about ... being kind to each other while learning to talk about, respect and value differences of opinion. We have so much to learn from each other's varying experiences and viewpoints.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... shoes or handbags.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... TikTok to learn business strategies.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? You can be good, fast or cheap, but you can't be all three.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... Whitney Houston ballads, Creedence Clearwater Revival or the occasional Michael Bolton throwback to remind me of girls nights out.

I always get sentimental when ... I watch "The Goonies" or I see my kids watching my favorite movie from childhood. (They even make treasure maps now!)

The older I get, the more I realize ... if you wait until you think you're ready to take a leap of faith or go after your dreams, it'll be too late. Oh, and seltzers are liquid gold.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... I hesitate to answer because every misstep has taught me a lesson, but if I had to pick, I'd say I wish I'd invested in Tesla when I had the chance.

My favorite item of clothing is ... the cowboy boots I wore in my little brother's wedding. They remind me of one of my favorite days ever!

If I've learned anything at all ... it is to wear comfortable shoes because you never know where life will take you.

Jean Brown, 46, lives outside of Nauvoo with her husband, Tom, and their three boys, Parker (7), Avery (5) and Reagan (3). Brown grew up in Bowen and went to Western Illinois University, where she studied psychology. After getting married and moving to Nauvoo, it became her dream to open a boutique to support her passion for bringing affordable fashion to the local community. Her only hobbies right now are chasing around the rugrats and growing her business, Three Keys Boutique, which became a reality in 2019. You can find Brown relaxing at her house along the river or in downtown Nauvoo in the shop.