That thought inspired several women in the Summerset Orchards subdivision to form the Holiday Boutique Club, which stages boutiques at different times of the year. The new club held its first meeting in February and decided to organize at least three boutiques per year.
The first boutique took place March 31, as 15 vendors gathered in the expansive Summerset Orchards lodge to display their wares and consummate some sales. Jewelry items abounded, and merchants such as See's candies, Mary Kay cosmetics, a dollhouse builder, a flower arranger, quilters and several other creators of craft merchandise made their presence felt.
Photos by Ray Carter
Shopper Marie Drzewiecki found just what she wanted for her front door.
Marie Drzewiecki was happy about what she found. "I've been looking for something seasonal I can use on my front door, and this is perfect," she said, holding up a one-of-a-kind two-dimensional bunny surrounded by flowers and eggs. Arlene Richards, the Mary Kay vendor, likes to attend boutiques as a means of keeping her business visible. "You may not make a lot of sales, but people pick up your brochures, get to talk to you and that results in future business," she said.
Holiday Boutique Club officers are Jo Cooper, President; Michelle McClellan, Vice President; Jean Mitchell, Treasurer and Lucille Callahan, Secretary. Others who helped with the most recent event were Gloria Harrold and Summerset Orchards' Social Club Chair, Barbara Hanson. At various times during boutique open hours, the Orchards lodge was well populated with shoppers.
The next boutique will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Orchards Lodge. Cooper said that event is nearly sold out with 24 vendor tables already spoken for. "We'd like to get another six vendors to fill up the room," she said.
Those interested in finding out more about the club's activities or providing merchandise for sale should contact Cooper at 634-7915.