A move from her Sunset Beach location to the space formerly occupied by Olive That Deli has given MiaJo Boutique owner, Darcy Schiess, plenty of reasons to be excited.
“This gives me triple the space I had in my previous location,” Schiess said. “I’m able to have a warehouse now. I’m able to have back stock. After the first of the year, I’ll be able to do more online selling, which I didn’t have the room to do before.” Schiess said the new space will allow her to do live sales on her Facebook page.
Schiess opened MiaJo Boutique in April, first out of her home, then out of a building next to her home before settling in her new location. “The move downtown really wasn’t in the plans, but we saw the ‘For Rent’ sign come up in this building. We called the landlords and had a great conversation and that was it.”
Schiess was able to begin remodeling Nov. 16 and was opened Dec. 6. She and her father did 90 percent of the remodeling themselves.
“It was a long two-and-a-half weeks, but I had a goal in mind to be open in time for the window walk in order to serve Manchester and promote local shopping and that community mindset.”
For customers who aren’t familiar with the boutique, Schiess encourages them to check it out. “We offer great customer service. We have women’s clothing in sizes ranging from small to 3XL. We focus on making women feel comfortable in their body right now.” The boutique also carries a few children’s items and a few men’s items, including the Lucky brand.
Schiess said she’s received great support from the community. “It’s one of the biggest things that helped me make the decision to come downtown. I got involved with the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce in May. The support of the retail community is amazing. I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of on a larger scale and coming downtown was going to give me that opportunity.”
Schiess believes the addition of another boutique downtown is an advantage to shoppers as well as the business community. “Our focus here is community instead of competition. We are here not only for Manchester, but we also want to bring outsiders into the community. We have so much to offer in Manchester. The more people we can get here to shop and spend the day and see what all we have, the better off we will all be.”
MiaJo Boutique is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The store is closed on Tuesday.
The store can be found online at www.miajoboutique.com, while the Facebook page is MiaJo Boutique.