Local owner making sacrifices to serve
Local business owner, Dianna Culberson has relied heavily on her faith in God while working diligently over the years to spread the message, with a side of fashion.
Dianna, who grew up in Corley, Texas and has lived in New Boston with her husband Bobby since they married in 1969, opened the Unique Boutique in August of 2006 after spending years vending jewelry and clothing at trade shows. She began praying that God would help her find a building so that she could follow a dream she had to bring unique fashions to people in the area; after a certain building deal fell through, she decided to take a drive downtown and stumbled across a building that at the time hosted Factory Connections. She spoke with the owner who was interested in renting and a deal was reached for Dianna to buy the building and Unique Boutique was born.
Bringing the latest fashion trends from clothing, jewelry, purses, shoes, and more, Dianna hopes to help others express themselves through their styles while also witnessing the Word of God to those who are willing to receive it. Starting out with part time opening hours, hiring help to run the boutique while she worked a full time job, Dianna stated, “I’ve worked hard to get here; I’ve made sacrifices and it was hard getting people to shop in the beginning.”
Prior to her recent retirement, Diana worked for Red River Army Depot for over 41 years as a supervisor, Dianna also has kept busy by being a pastor at Church of the Living God, Temple 79 in Lodi, Texas where she has been for 24 years. She has been involved in the ministry for close to 29 years and has continued sharing her preaching through as many ways as she can; Dianna is on the radio doing ministry every second and fourth Thursday on KJTX 104.5, does a phone prayer line each week, and even participates in National Pastoral Conventions
Pushing through the hard times, “God didn’t allow me to struggle,” Dianna explained when speaking about her journey as a business owner. She believes the community can make New Boston an even better place by shopping local and supporting one another in community activities. “There’s no need to travel to other towns when we can shop and support one another here.”
When speaking about what she would like to share with the people of the local community, Dianna stated, “We as men and women of God, must teach love and truth; God is love and Jesus is the truth. Our children are not born hating, they are taught to hate; only the truth will set us free.”
Citing scripture, Proverbs 6:16-19, “These six things doth the Lord hate; yea seven are an abomination unto Him; A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” She continued, “So please let’s embrace truck and love, because the enemy seeks to destroy us.”
Her love for God, New Boston and the community is apparent and she “loves to support our town.” For those who would like to shop the Unique Boutique or stop in and talk with Dianna, they can visit at 205 NW Front Street, New Boston.