Tina Nocita was working at local non-profit organization when the business opportunity to purchase Gentleman’s Choice Tuxedos arose. She had always dreamed of owning her own business, so she jumped at the opportunity. Gentleman’s Choice Tuxedos mission is to provide the latest trends, colors and styles in men’s formalwear as well as women’s casual wear, while providing the best quality service. Their goal is to provide customized service to each individual, wedding or group that we work with giving them the opportunity to make their event unique to them. They have two locations in Omaha on 8014 Dodge and 144th and Center.
Gentleman’s Choice is also a member of Savvi Formalwear, which is a cooperative of independently, family owned stores throughout the US and Canada.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
Our most recent addition to Gentleman’s Choice Tuxedos is our GlamourUp Boutique. The GlamourUp Boutique is located at our 80th & Dodge location, with samples of most items at our 144th & Center store. GlamourUp Boutique provides woman’s casual fashions as well as gifts for your bridal party and other special occasions.
Tell us a little about your family.
I am married to John and we have four children. Lynnsey 24, Samantha 14, Kobe 10 and Ty 9. Our oldest daughter Lynnsey and her husband Joe are expecting their first child in July, making us grandparents for the first time!
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
The birth of our daughters and the adoptions of our sons.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Hang out with my kids.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
Actually, most people that know me will know this, but I have a huge heart for children. I am especially drawn to the underprivileged and special needs children.
What are you the most proud of?
I am most proud of my family and being a woman-owned business.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t sweat the small stuff and always smile.
What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish?
On a personal level my biggest goal is to help the under privileged and homeless children of our community. On a business level I would like to continue to grow the business and continue to be the largest locally owned Men’s Formalwear business in Omaha.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
To be able to read people’s minds – it would make life so much easier.
What are your plans after retirement?
Enjoy our kids and grandkids and travel.
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life?
Writing poetry. I love to write but very rarely have time to just sit and let my mind wander to create poetry.
Which talent would you most like to have?
A great singing voice. I would never talk I would sing all the time.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
Most books I read are business based or about raising children.
What is your favorite movie?
The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile
What is your favorite TV show?
What is your favorite local restaurant?
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
Harry and Bertha Holt, Founders of Holt International Children’s Services.