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Terre Haute’s newest boutique, The Dainty Dandelion, opened just a few short weeks ago, but its already blooming.
“It feels amazing that we have accomplished what we have set out to do and it’s worked,” says co-owner Summer Slankard.
Friends for years, the shop’s co-owners Slankard, Michele Clark and Jessica Wolfe would be described more as over-the-top sunflowers than dainty dandelions; with big personalities, welcoming smiles and a gift for gab.
“I have been in places that you walk in and they don’t even acknowledge you,” Wolfe says. “We want people to come in here and to be comfortable. Just over the last few weeks we have had a lot of people that keep coming back that we see in here all the time because they enjoy coming in here and talking to us.”
Specializing in a variety of ladies fashions and specialty gifts, the trio says they set out to open a business where shoppers of any size and shape could feel comfortable. Not only does the store carry traditional sizes, but they offer a “plus size” section with trendy outfits and fashionable clothes.
The ladies say customers should leave their store feeling good about themselves, not discouraged. And each item is reasonably priced, so even a customer’s bank account will be happy!
“We really just wanted a place that people feel comfortable and they wouldn’t be worried that we would have their size or not,” Clark says. “When we started planning obviously myself, Jessica and Summer we are all completely different body shapes and so when we were planning that was something that was very important to us. I have walked into those stores and immediately thought, I don’t belong here, I won’t be able to find things that fit me or fit me right.. so that was a big reason for us to provide variety.”
The variety doesn’t end with clothing. The store carries one of a kind gifts too; making it a “one stop shop” for ladies of the Wabash Valley. Local and statewide vendors are featured including beauty product company Three Sisters & A Chick, a manicure/pedicure line called K.B. Shimmer, personalized product company M.B. Made, handmade jewelry and a local stain glass company.
As the trio gets ready to wrap up their first month in business at the beginning of October they marvel at their recent accomplishments, thanks to support and help from family and friends.
“To look around and say, this is ours, we did this,” Slankard says with a smile. “A dream really did become a reality.”
Join The Dainty Dandelion and Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting celebration (and 20% discount!) on Thursday, October 1 at 4pm.