The Wee Boutique in Apollo Beach has for sale everything child-related covering newborns through tweens and even maternity needs. One can easily find unique toys, books, clothing, bibs, and cribs. There are even strollers, picture frames, and dance outfits. The store features both new and used items, some made by local mothers. Circus performers and animals cover the walls, giving the place the friendly boutique feel that they strive for.
Owner Mandy Cassiano builds her business around saving her customers time, saving her customers money, and helping the planet. Much of her product is on consignment, allowing her to keep her prices competitive. When customers’ children outgrow their clothes, toys, and books, customers can return them to the store and split the profit when they sell, in essence saving even more money. Anything not sold is donated to the Hillsborough County Family Partnership Alliance, a local organization that serves foster families. Buying used products instead of new ones keeps them out of the landfill longer and helps the planet.
Mandy did not originally intend to open a store – she wanted to teach art – but three years ago she found herself taking her inheritance money and starting a business. In the time since, the boutique has doubled in size, added a small play nook, thrown mom-parties, and she has regretted nothing. Helping parents and children is what she does now.
6122 N US41, Apollo Beach, Florida
Written by Daniel Noe, InkDoodler.com
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