A new boutique has opened in downtown Albemarle, showcasing a assortment of goods from neighborhood vendors from across Stanly County and the region.

Nearby Boujee, started off by mates Josie Ferguson and Shellie O’Daniel, options about 2,800 products from far more than 30 sellers across the condition and region, such as candles, men’s toiletries, all-pure pet merchandise, jewellery and vacation decor. But as opposed to other comparable corporations, this a single features products built completely inside of the United States.

In addition to its one of a kind stock, the shop also specializes in present baskets for all instances.

“You can wander into any boutique and locate a thing lovable created in China or Indonesia or India,” Ferguson stated. “We’re seeking to characteristic as several persons as we can that are community that are executing their house-centered business.”

The retailer is at 132 S. 2nd St. in the house that used to be Will’s Place.

“This is our minor infant,” said O’Daniel, who lives in Rowan County. “We’re definitely fired up about it. It is surely a various expertise.”

Longtime buddies and co-proprietors Shellie O’Daniel and Josie Ferguson.

Each individual thirty day period, Area Boujee will highlight a area vendor, acquiring products displayed at the front of the keep, along with a small backstory about the business.

“We’re increasing our enterprise but in switch, we’re helping other local distributors,” Ferguson claimed.

Ferguson 1st identified the residence was for lease when she was driving by downtown in Could en route to earning a deposit for Clayton Homes, where by she is a product sales supervisor. Owning constantly needed to begin a retail enterprise, she met with Lee Allen, broker and operator of Re/Max Town and Nation in Albemarle, who took over administration of the numerous properties alongside South Second Avenue in January 2021, and signed the paperwork to just take in excess of the space.

Soon after reaching out to spouse and children and good friends to see what form of organization was most required in Stanly County, Ferguson made the decision upon a boutique. She then approached O’Daniel, whom she calls her creative mate, to see if she wanted to be a part of the venture.

“I reported, ‘Okay, I’ll open a boutique will you aid me?’ ” Ferguson recalled. Soon after bouncing concepts again and forth, the ladies decided to run the retailer on a 50/50 partnership.

As for the title?

Ferguson jokes that many of her close friends have referred to her as “boujee,” a word typically applied to explain men and women or factors that are superior-course, although she states it is much more fitting to explain O’Daniel. They eventually put together the expression with their emphasis that all objects be manufactured domestically, in just the U.S., in particular the Carolinas. They are in the process of trademarking the title.

The greatest aspiration, Ferguson mentioned, is to inevitably extend and open up many locations all over the state.

The enterprise will be open up from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday via Saturday.