Diana Mejia was stunned to see the response her new plus-dimensions outfits retail outlet has gotten because opening two months ago.
“This is for anyone who is plus-dimension, who demands clothing but does not know how to go browsing, who are intimidated to go to bigger chain merchants,” she stated. “They desired an affordable in addition-sizing retailer in the community, someplace the place they could feel snug with price ranges and experience comfy with the model of clothes.”
Mejia opened Graciously Distinctive Boutique LLC at 218 8 St. on June 5 and additional than 3,500 folks have preferred her Facebook page. A post Mejia designed on the Link Augusta Facebook Team has additional than 3,000 likes, 500 responses and 1,000 shares.
“I was shocked when I set the submit on Hook up Augusta. I did not even imagine I was going to get 20 likes,” she stated. “When I originally produced my small business site on Facebook, I didn’t believe it was going to go viral. I just preferred it to be a person of the principal resources of conversation.”
She received messages from clients thanking her for opening a as well as-sizing outfits shop. She began to order a lot more clothes to have for her new clientele.
Candace Gonger observed a Facebook post about the new store and determined to halt by and buy a few items. She feels a store like this was needed in Augusta.
“A lot of stores cater to more compact dimensions but it can be refreshing to have a shop the place I can shop in my size and come to feel relaxed and be someplace in which I can essentially go and interact with other people,” Gonger claimed.
She stated Mejia gave her a warm welcome and she options to quit by yet again. She reported much more as well as-measurement merchants are desired to get rid off the adverse stereotype of greater bodies.
“A ton of occasions, the stereotype is that men and women that put on even bigger measurements, you should not know how to dress or there is nowhere for them to costume because no one particular needs to provide clothing for individuals measurements,” Gonger stated. “It surely allows to fight that stigma.”
Initially, Mejia was heading to concentrate on business and church attire but began to know how significantly of a all round require there was for moreover-size clothing in the Augusta space.
“My vision is not just for small business apparel any longer. It’s just in common. It is not just heading to be the fashionable outfits, it is not just heading to be the elegant dresses, it is going to be for everybody in the additionally-measurement neighborhood,” she stated.
Mejia moved with her relatives from Florida to Augusta in February. As quickly as she moved, she began to consider of things to invest in and made a decision a as well as-dimension shop was the way to go.
She picked downtown because she noticed an chance to be portion of the progress in downtown. She also appreciated the locale for the reason that of the Saturday Farmers Sector nearby that could bring in opportunity buyers.
She hopes girls come to feel at ease coming into her keep and she can proceed to supply outfits alternatives.
“I want whoever arrives into my keep to truly feel comfortable and not say, ‘Is there a in addition-measurement portion?’ No, this is your segment, this is your store,” she explained.
Graciously Exclusive Boutique is open up Monday by way of Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.