I have been keeping a big secret the past few weeks and I am so excited to finally tell you guys – I now partner own a clothing boutique!! This whole experience was completely unplanned and honestly came out of no where. I have always wanted to own my own clothing boutique, but I was not expecting something like this to happen for a very long time – if ever. When the founder of Dakota’s Boutique, Laurie Corwin, approached me with this opportunity it felt like such a dream come true. Although the timing didn’t seem quite right considering I was 7 months pregnant at the time, I knew God had a plan and I had to trust his timing! I had never actually met Laurie in person even though we had collaborated a few times before when I lived in Florida, but she had followed me for years and when she saw I moved back to SC for good she had an urge to reach out. Due to the fact she moved to California a few years back and with Covid hitting brick and mortar stores hard she knew she wanted to take Dakota’s to the next level, especially the e-commerce side. With my background in marketing she felt like I had a wealth of social media knowledge and content creation which was the ultimate piece of the puzzle Dakotas was needing.
Over the past few weeks we have both dove in head first and spent many days and nights working on what’s next for Dakota’s Boutique. She instantly booked a flight and flew in for a week so that we could finally meet and we could get the store inventory ready for all of you to shop! For all of my local SC babes if you want to visit our storefront we’re currently open from Wednesday – Saturday from 11 – 5. The store is located in the heart of 5 points at 745 Saluda Ave. Columbia, SC 29205. We will hopefully resume full time hours soon once Fall starts up and after baby Beary gets here. In the meantime, we have been working diligently to build up the online presence and get as much of our inventory on the website for you all to easily shop!
It has been so hard hiding this from you guys and not taking you with me to the store, behind the scenes all day everyday but I am so happy that I can now finally do that! You guys have been with me through, well basically almost everything it feels like here in 2020 with the move, and the new home renovation, and the baby, and now this! I feel so beyond blessed and thankful for this opportunity and I hope you guys are just as excited as I am. I can’t wait to show you guys all of the new collections we have been planning for the upcoming fall and holiday seasons. We’re 5 weeks out from Baby Beary’s due date and this mama can’t wait to dress up in all of the amazing pieces I love post baby bump! With that being said we are working on the new “Ashley Beary Collection” that will be featured monthly, and will consist of curated trendy must-have styles from yours truly. We already carry so many national brands that I love and incorporate into my everyday wardrobe like Free People, Show Me Your Mumu, Steve Madden, and more.
If you guys would like to know more about how you can help support me in this new venture please feel free to follow the store on social media channels -Instagram: @Shopdakotas, Pinterest, Facebook, Tik Tok and Twitter. Also, if you have shopped with us before or plan to order something now, we would graciously love a quick google or facebook review! Any and every little bit of support helps and I am so thankful for every single one of you guys and this platform.