A new boutique has opened in downtown Albemarle, featuring a variety of goods from area suppliers from across Stanly County and the region.

Regional Boujee, started off by mates Josie Ferguson and Shellie O’Daniel, characteristics about 2,800 products from a lot more than 30 suppliers across the condition and region, together with candles, men’s toiletries, all-organic pet merchandise, jewelry and holiday getaway decor. But compared with other equivalent organizations, this one particular options objects manufactured solely within just the United States.

In addition to its unique stock, the shop also specializes in reward baskets for all occasions.

“You can wander into any boutique and locate some thing cute made in China or Indonesia or India,” Ferguson stated. “We’re trying to characteristic as quite a few persons as we can that are local that are executing their dwelling-centered organization.”

The retail outlet is at 132 S. 2nd St. in the house that applied to be Will’s Spot.

“This is our small little one,” claimed O’Daniel, who lives in Rowan County. “We’re really energized about it. It’s unquestionably a unique experience.”

Longtime friends and co-homeowners Shellie O’Daniel and Josie Ferguson.

Each individual thirty day period, Nearby Boujee will highlight a community vendor, acquiring products shown at the entrance of the shop, together with a quick backstory about the enterprise.

“We’re developing our business enterprise but in transform, we’re helping other regional distributors,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson first found out the residence was for lease when she was driving through downtown in Might en route to creating a deposit for Clayton Households, in which she is a product sales manager. Having normally wanted to commence a retail small business, she achieved with Lee Allen, broker and operator of Re/Max City and State in Albemarle, who took around management of the quite a few structures together South Second Avenue in January 2021, and signed the paperwork to get about the house.

Soon after reaching out to loved ones and pals to see what sort of enterprise was most essential in Stanly County, Ferguson made a decision upon a boutique. She then approached O’Daniel, whom she calls her inventive pal, to see if she wanted to sign up for the enterprise.

“I claimed, ‘Okay, I’ll open up a boutique will you aid me?’ ” Ferguson recalled. Just after bouncing suggestions again and forth, the gals made a decision to work the retail outlet on a 50/50 partnership.

As for the title?

Ferguson jokes that several of her friends have referred to her as “boujee,” a phrase commonly applied to explain individuals or issues that are significant-course, even though she says it’s far more fitting to explain O’Daniel. They in the long run merged the phrase with their emphasis that all products be manufactured domestically, within just the U.S., specifically the Carolinas. They are in the method of trademarking the name.

The top aspiration, Ferguson explained, is to ultimately increase and open up many areas all over the point out.

The small business will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday as a result of Saturday.


By Amalia