Summer is just around the corner, and with summer, comes the need for a new wardrobe or just a few new staple pieces. If you are one of those people, that love to shop, then check out the trendy Black & Blues Boutique in Davis Square in Somerville, Mass.
Too far you say? Don’t write off this store just yet, as they carry some fantastic lines of clothing and all moderately priced!
Stephanie Tagg, 28 and a former Topsfield resident, is the new owner of Black & Blues Boutique. After studying communications at UNH and working for a PR company, Tagg, had the opportunity to take over the store.
“When I moved to Somerville, I started working here on the weekends to make extra money,” said Tagg. “When I got laid off at my other job, the woman who owned the store was looking to have more time off. I started working three then four days and then I started going to (clothing) shows and ordering and gradually took on everything.”
It was after Tagg had learned all the ins and outs of the business that the previous owner, who had owned the shop for 10 years, offered Tagg the opportunity to own the store.
Tagg bought the business in July 2009 and re-opened in August 2009. After months of paperwork a fresh coat of paint, new signs and a little tweak to the inventory, Tagg hasn’t looked back. In fact, this newbie store owner is already thinking about plans to expand.
“Ideally, I’d like to have a second store with more of a dressier and whimsical feel,” Tagg said.
Tagg described her store as “casual, moderately priced clothing, with a few dresses and accessories sprinkled in.”
The store carries clothing lines like Wooden Ships and Three Dots, along with Red Engine. Tagg, aware of the economy and her shoppers, has a “deal of the week” that comes out every Monday — which shoppers can signup for on her Web site www.blackandbluesboutique.com.
Tagg also uses a store facebook page to post up photos of brand new merchandise and offers a percentage off the clothing to people who mention the facebook ads.
IF YOU GO:
Black & Blues Boutique
89 Holland St.
Open Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
On street parking
This story ran on the Eagle-Tribune “Pop” blog on May 13, 2010