by marlys good
Suzen Yarborough will open her new shop, Suzy’s Boutique, located at 16 S. Fifth St. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m.
The boutique will feature clothing, designer wear, jewelry and accessories, purses, shoes, home décor, and much more. Yarborough said her merchandise is “a good quality, in excellent condition, trendy and in styles that will appeal to both young and old.”
Yarborough wants to give back to the community, and is doing so with a “wig boutique,” for people who are suffering from hair loss for whatever reason. She admits that this is the feature closest to her heart. She has wigs donated by her mother, her daughter, and a “bunch of wigs” donated by Katie May. “I washed them, styled them, and they are hanging here ready for anyone who needs one.
“‘They can come in, pick out a wig, a scarf, a hat, any headwear (free of charge),” she said. She will also welcome any donations of mastectomy articles, which will also be made available free of charge. “Come in, take it, and return when you don’t need it anymore.”
Yarborough was a mainstay at the Greybull Fitness Center. She loved the job, she loved the people, she loved the interaction with the people who popped in to use the varied fitness equipment.
Then the center closed and Yarborough drifted, looking for something to keep her occupied, to keep her focused. She was getting ready to go back to college to study to be a vet tech, specializing in reptiles. All that changed when her friend Angie Brenner (owner of Body Therapy by Angie) contacted her.
“If you were going to open a business, what kind would you like to have?” Brenner asked her.
“A consignment shop,” Yarborough admitted. “I just thought we were friends talking. Then Angie asked me to come in and talk to her, and she said, ‘Suzie, I want you to open your business right next door to me.’
“I was in shock. I was needing something in my life; winter is coming, I had nothing to look forward to that would keep me busy. So basically, Angie made this happen. God bless her. It’s a wonderful thing.”
Yarborough has gotten solid support from her family, and as the sole owner/employee, she needs that support. “I am extremely nervous. Scared to death. I was losing sleep over it,” she admitted.
The new enterprise had no start up-money. Everything accomplished has been through the help of the “community, Angie and my family. It is still a work in progress,” she admitted.
Any items donated that she cannot use, will be donated to the Community Outreach thrift shop.
“I’m trying to make the store kid friendly, fun. I’m working with what little space I have; it has character and I’m working to make it warm and inviting.”
Suzy’s Boutique will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.