CRESTVIEW — Simply Pink Boutique has become a one-stop shop for fans of handmade clothes and home decor.
Co-owner Jason O'Daniels and his wife April offer a variety of gifts from more than 30 vendors, and 20 direct-sales vendor catalogs, from Avon to Mary Kay, are available at the counter.
Each vendor rents space to sell his or her products; it’s an opportunity for residents — whether local or as far away as Georgia and Denver — who can’t afford their own brick-and-mortar establishment.
The result is a one-of-a-kind store where Hub City shoppers can buy handmade apparel, vendors said.
"There really is not a place like this in Crestview, that I am aware of," Kari Lyles said. "Now you have an alternative, especially if you are looking for something handcrafted."
Lyles, one of several military mom vendors, sells 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) embroidered merchandise for all ages.
Like most of the boutique’s vendors, she allows custom orders. She may embroider names on shirts or special messages for a soldier’s homecoming.
Marsha Gardner's "All Things Quilted" area features the Florala resident’s handmade quilted items and handbags. The boutique’s setup helps her profit from her hobby.
"I had a bad car wreck several years ago and I don't get around like I used to, so I spend hours at the sewing machine," she said.
Lyles and Gardner have collaborated on previous custom orders. When a customer of Gardner's wants something embroidered, Lyles has helped.
"I think that it is great that we can work together," Gardner said.
April O'Daniels plans to involve direct-sales vendors by having a quarterly outdoors event. Additionally, the store is opening a room inside the boutique to host direct-sales parties.
"We are giving the people in the community the opportunity to show off their talents," Jason O'Daniels said. "We are trying to help over 50 sales vendors get their products out there.”
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WHAT:Simply Pink Boutique
WHERE: 451 N. Ferdon Blvd.
Patti Zamyslowski, Peppermint Twist Creations: Adult aprons, pillows, camera straps, adult headbands
Heather Leytham, Whoopsie Daisy: Children’s clothes, bags, solid color hair bows
Kari Lyles, Oh Sew Sassy: 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) items (coolers, picnic baskets)
Sharon Land, Uncorked: Etched glass items, small wood signs
Angie Bevcar, Angelina’s Boutique: Children’s blankets, bowties/neckties, bellybands and hair accessories
Cheryl Benchley, Cheryl’s Accessories: Jewelry
Marci Smith, Sussie & Smiles by Smith: Mesh wreaths
Joe Ballreich, Hanging Shades: Decorative shade/bow holders, fabric earrings
Candice Bratt, Custom Crochet By Candice: Crochet items
Mandy Shipman, Sew-You-By=Mandy: Dog bandanas, shopping bags, wallets
Debbie Hawkins, KJA & Anabands: children’s headbands
Eileen Daniel, Mocha Kissed: Coasters, reusable hand towels
Layne Stine, Always a Bow: bows
Marsha Gardner, All Things Quilted: quilted purses, bags and keychains
Terry Maloney, Altered Cigar Boxes: decorative cigar boxes
Wendy Kotowske: jewelry (genuine leather necklace with genuine pearls)
Tammy Fuller Cuhna, TJ’s Heavenly Scent Candles: scented soy candles
Amy Rutland-Jones, Southern Sisters Boutique: adult pocket tees/bottlecap jewl
Cynthia Barker, Iro Hana: jewelry
Monique Hernandez: children’s tutus
Doris Mansonbrink, Nana’s Tis & Tat: decorative stepping stones
Kim Davis: vinyl graphics
Brittany White Cheery Creations: pallet art
Jenny Bettis: tea party items
Marcy Ross DottinDiva: decorative wine glasses, beer mugs, stines
Jessica Finch, The HeartSoul Healing: Bath tea bags, body lotions and facial scrubs
Mandy Humphrey, Psychitnow Hemp Jewelry
Kim Hernandez, My Braided Headbands: baby headbands
Lauren Ott: wooden crosses, Bling flip-flops and purses
Theresia Roberts, Calla Jewelry
Kristin Brannon, Shelby Love: Camouflage purses, checkbook covers, baby blankets, key fobs, dog collars
Christina Black, Gronalo Girl Potions: homemade deodorants, laundry detergents and soaps
Nikki Synder, Blue Pansy Designs: jewelry
Direct sales representatives: Include Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Rendi, Avon, Thirty-One, Stampin it Up, Scentsy, It Works, Arbornne, Signature Home Styles, Athena, Damsel in Defense
Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Matthew Brown at 850-682-6524 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @cnbMatthew.