There’s a new little shop in town just in time for Christmas. St. Michael Boutique, owned and operated by Hanover resident Donna Marchand and her sister, Amy Ulmschmid and friend Kim Baldwin. The three have combined their talents, love of fashion and all things Pinterest to open a store that will cater to women in a budget friendly way.
“Everything will be affordable,” Marchand said in a recent interview noting that she knows that moms tend to put themselves last.
Marchand previously owned her own shop in South Dakota. Many in the community got to know her, as she ran a traveling boutique in St. Michael called, “Mis Lyn.”
The three women will trade off working during open hours and stock clothing, scarves, accessories, home decor and skin care items, including Baldwin’s Bella Creations.
The shop which opened December 1 is located in Colonial Mall near the post office. The three women had the space custom built and decorated it themselves. “We’re excited to get women in the store,” Marchand said.
In addition to the shop in Colonial Mall, Marchand and her sister, Amy, are launching a monthly subscription box aimed towards women. “Our goal is to make women feel that whatever they’re doing they’re supported in, whether they’re working or not, staying home or not, breastfeeding or not,” Marchand said.
With the tagline, a gift of gratitude, the monthly boxes are aimed at being a special thank you treat to acknowledge women and say thanks.
Their first box, which will ship later this month and deliver before Christmas, is themed Gifts of the Wiseman.
“We’ll be hand selecting several items for each box including some handmade items and all will go along with a theme,” Marchand said.
Boxes start at $29.95 for a one time box or you can subscribe for three months at a time for just under $90.
In addition to the new shop and the boxes, the ladies are maintaining a blog that will feature a woman who has risen above her circumstances once a month aptly named: Moxie Lady. “We are so passionate about recognizing and applauding stories of amazing women, we have created Moxie Lady . She is quickly becoming one of our favorite parts of Purple Moxie,” reads their website.
The three women are wearing many hats these days as they get their businesses up and of the ground and are excited about all of the positive feedback they’re hearing so far. “It seems that people are really excited,” Marchand said.
St. Michael Boutique is NOW open at Colonial Mall and the hours are:
Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m
You can order your Purple Moxie box by visiting their site. From now through December 10, anyone that signs up for a subscription will receive an email gift card to St Michael Boutique for 50% off any fashion or all natural skin care.