Mary established Shiro’s African Boutique in 2017, after her only child started attending college. Mary was an empty nester unsure of what to do with her next stage of life. As an entrepreneur, who owns an accounting business, Mary decided to open a second business which spoke closer to her heart and roots. Mary felt strongly about doing something which would have a deeper social impact which is the intent of Shiro’s African Boutique. Mary, Shiro to her family and friends, decided to bring unique products to the Minnesota market made by individual artists in Kenya, her home country.