Two boutiques recently opened for business on Marshfield’s square, adding to a variety of specialty shops in town.
One of them is H.B. and Me Boutique, located at 104 E. Madison Ave., Suite 101, which officially opened its doors on June 3. Owner Alex Keenan lives in Marshfield with her husband, Camron, and daughter Harper Bradley (H.B.). She decided to call her store H.B. and Me since her daughter was the one who inspired her to start up a store.
“I have always loved clothes and I have worked in retail, so it is kind of a dream of mine to start up my own store,” said Keenan. “Harper helped me take that jump and having her really opened my eyes a little bit.”
She added that she has two vendors who have helped her, including The Rustic Splash, which designs her signs, and Dalton Cohen Unique Handmade Jewelry, which creates handmade jewelry.
Another newcomer is Open the Dior, located at 203 S. Clay St. The store’s name, according to owner Shawna Thomas, was just a play on words, something she thought would be fun to use since she is an interior designer. She moved to Elkland about two years ago, in hopes of starting a business in Marshfield.
“I was talking to some people and they said there was not any stores like this in town, so with my background, I thought it would be a nice fit,” said Thomas.
The other boutiques in Marshfield have been very receptive and welcoming toward the new businesses. Owners like Ashley Knotts with The Shabby Sheep and Jana Pate with The Rustic Cottage expressed their excitement about the new stores opening up on the square.
“This will help pull people in and I think it will really help all of us,” said Pate. “I really do not look at it as competition because H.B. and Me is a little bit different than what we are.”
Susan Brown, one of the owners with Glitz Boutique in Marshfield, has been in the business for five years and is not afraid of a little competition.
“I think if someone asked me what I thought if one moved in next door, then I’d say it would be great because I know they would come out of there and come in here,” said Brown. “You want people. Whatever brings the people is going to bring more business.”