Inspired to sell clothing for the entire family, Island Girl Boutique Owner Keli Albury held a grand opening for her second location – Island Girl Boutique II – on Oct. 31.
“It was great! Customers were saying: ‘Wow, so beautiful – feels like we are in the USA,’” Keli exclaimed. “They said the prices are good, and they have somewhere to shop for their kids.”
One of the male shoppers, Neil, expressed that he loved the store because it made him feel like he was away from home. He was impressed by the affordable prices as well as the good variety of jean sizes available.
“I have never seen such a good variety of jeans on the island; it’s hard to find my size,” Neil said. “I even picked up a shirt while I was at it. I didn’t come to shop – just to look around, but if I see something I like, I will get it.”
The store is located on Don Mackay Boulevard next to K & S Service Station. With spacious floor space and soaring ceilings, Island Girl Boutique II is adorned in a breathtaking Glam plus Victorian style décor. After working tirelessly since June to have the store completed, she was pleased that Island Girl II is open just before the Christmas season. There are four knowledgeable and courteous employees in store to assist her customers.
Although Island Girl I is still open for business, Keli said that the space was limited prompting her to expand to a family-oriented store that would serve as a one-stop-shop.
While Island Girl I sells souvenirs, T-shirts, women’s clothing, shoes, fashion jewelry and handbags, Island Girl II offers an astonishing variety of clothing for the entire family including men’s clothing and shoes, and children’s accessories, clothing and shoes. For the women, there are pajamas, underwear, and Keli also plans to add women’s shoes to the second location.
Miss Abaco Pageant Director TJay Stubbs attended the event in support of Keli, whom he said greatly assists him with clothing for the pageant’s models.
“This is really, really good. Keli outdid herself: from the chandelier, to the entrance and the balloons on the outside,” he lauded. “Everything is well-placed; you can maneuver around the store. Look at the various colours, and the new location goes to show that the Abaco economy is growing.”
Keli said that working along with various pageants and events has definitely helped to give her business more exposure.
Keli’s family and close friends have also been instrumental in her success, and she thanked God first, her father – Percy Albury – who is a great support; her brother Shannon Albury; Melinda Albury and Timmy Clarke for all of their assistance.
As she looks toward the future, there are still more exciting ideas to be revealed. Amongst them is an online Island Girl clothing store, and the introduction of Island Girl Body Products and Perfume.
She said that every two months, Island Girl Boutique I has a 25% off storewide sale, so the next sale will take place on Nov. 29 and 30. Store hours are: Monday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The phone contact is: 367-0238.