TROY — Hoping to offer local fashionistas something a little different, Troy resident Melissa Rhoads fulfilled a long-time dream of opening her own business.
Her shop, Sweet Melissa’s Boutique, recently opened at 16 N. Market St., above LimeLight Salon.
Rhoads, who has always loved clothing and making her own accessories, had dreamed of owning her own boutique. It was her friend, LimeLight owner Deb Trost, who persuaded Rhoads give business ownership a try.
“She gave me that push and it just kind of snowballed from there,” Rhoads said. “She was so enthusiastic about and it gave me the extra confidence to just go for it.”
Rhoads carefully selects all of the items for her little upstairs shop, purposefully keeping the inventory unique. She might only order one of an item, she said, adding that boutique shoppers like to know they’re buying something they might not find anywhere else.
“What I like to do is get individual pieces, and I might only have that one item in a large. That way, especially in a small community like this, everybody’s able to have their own style and not see someone walking down the street with it on,” Rhoads said.
She also tries to make sure her inventory is distinct from other local stores.
“We all want to bring something new to the table,” Rhoads said of her fellow shop owners, adding that the local business community has been welcoming and supportive.
Sweet Melissa’s offers new and on-trend clothing, coats, and accessories, as well as what Rhoads calls “twice as nice” resale items.
“I grew up on second-hand clothes and hand me downs, so I always had to find ways to look good on a dime,” Rhoads said. Because she knows other people don’t always want to spend the time looking for the diamonds in the rough, she does it for them. “I like it, I think it’s fun.”
She also makes her customized scarves, usually in school or sports team colors.
“You never know what you might find and I love that it’s like a revolving door,” Rhoads said. “It’s always changing. I definitely don’t want to be known for one specific style.”
Sweet Melissa’s opened just a few months ago, so Rhoads is still working full time elsewhere, she said. Store hours are variable, but available on her personal Facebook page.
Hours are typically 5-8 p.m. on weekdays, and weekend afternoons. For more information about the boutique, call (937) 874-0954.
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