TROY — One of the most recent additions to the downtown, Your Dream Boutique, aims to be a welcoming place for women of all shapes, sizes and ages.
A recent transplant from Vandalia, Your Dream Boutique offers everything from women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories, as well as home decor.
Owner Angela Kirby said she hopes her store is a place women can come to feel good about themselves.
The shop stocks a wider range of sizes than a lot of boutique clothing stores, from XS-3XL, something Kirby said is very important to her.
“Every woman of every shape and size wants to feel beautiful,” Kirby said. “I hear so often, ‘Oh, you’re a boutique, I can’t find anything here.’”
Kirby added that her store also offers clothing that appeals to women of all ages.
“I think sometimes boutiques get bad names because people think it’s only really tiny clothes or it’s only for the young crowd, but it’s really important to me not to be classified that way,” she said.
The store also sells a selection of items from Guatemala, including jewelry and purses. Money from those sales goes back to the women in Guatemala who make them. Kirby was inspired to include the handmade items in her store after participating in a mission trip to that country.
In addition to helping all types of women feel beautiful, it was important for Kirby to help them feel empowered as well.
“I have been so blessed to be surrounded by some really great, powerful women and it was really important for me to be able to reach out and help other women fulfill their dreams,” Kirby said.
Her shop features items from area artists — from locally printed T-shirts to handmade, decorative signs — like Christy Lair of Lair’s Crafts and Designs.
“This is really exciting for me,” Lair said.
Lair and her husband make custom home decor at their home in West Milton, including outdoor furniture and painted signs.
“He makes it, I make it look pretty,” she said.
Your Dream Boutique was open for a year and a half in Vandalia, but a lack of foot traffic led Kirby to consider moving the shop out of her hometown.
“You really want to jump into your community and give back. It was working out, but I knew that there was so much more that it could be,” she said. “And honestly after one really bad month, I started making phone calls.”
Kirby was initially told there would be a year long wait for a storefront in Troy, but soon learned that one of the downtown shops would be relocating.
“I think me and my husband came to look at it two days later and I was like, ‘Yes.’ We got in the car and I said, ‘What do you think?’ and he said, ‘Yes.’ He’s usually the one that’s like, ‘Let’s talk about this, let’s think about it,’” she recalled.
Your Dream Boutique started moving into 5 E. Main St. — after 3 Weird Sisters Studio started its own move to 15 S. Market St. —about three weeks ago, Kirby said.
Kirby said she immediately felt support from the downtown Troy business community.
“The support from the community has been like nothing I’ve experienced. It honestly could bring me to tears,” Kirby said. “Other small businesses, they just want to help and see you succeed.”
Kirby and her husband decided to open a business after years of working unfulfilling corporate jobs. They considered opening a restaurant or coffee shop, before deciding to open the boutique.
“Making enough money to pay your bills at the end of the month and not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We really wanted to see a future where we could take our kids on vacation and do things like that,” she said.
She and her husband have five children and reside in Vandalia.
Your Dream Boutique officially opened on Friday. The shop is closed Sunday and Monday, and open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, visit the store’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/yourdreamboutiquellc.
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