December 4, 2023

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Alton’s A&A Boutique grows to 50-plus vendors

ALTON — Andrea Abbott took a hiatus from her thought store A&A Boutique. But she’s back at it and organizing the second anniversary of her return to working the multi-vendor web page later this 12 months.

“I experienced no intentions on ever opening an additional store,” recalled Abbott, who offered the small business about 5 in the past to a seller who experienced room at the store.

“But the room arrived accessible in the middle of the pandemic,” reported the mom of two. “So I requested my ladies if they believed it was a fantastic idea. They said, ‘Heck yes!'” 

A&A Boutique, at 300 E. Broadway, characteristics much more than 50 area suppliers, including traces from the two of Abbott’s young children. Audrey, 12, produces hand wire-wrapped crystal trees. Annalynn, 8, creates magnets and fairy backyard sticks. The shop is also household to Abbott’s F-Bomb Momma line.

“I had previous suppliers who experienced come to be my good friends begging me to do it yet again due to the fact I was profitable with the other outlets I experienced,” Abbott reported. “I was honored they thought so highly of me to be in my store again.” 

Abbott owned A & A Beads in the same space for 10 many years ahead of she experienced children. A&A Boutique will celebrate its next anniversary on Sept. 1.

“My target has always been to give vendors an outlet to sell their solutions and make funds,” she explained. “I consider so significantly it has been a good journey nonetheless all over again.

“This round the shop is named immediately after my daughters, Audrey and Annalynn Abbott,” she claimed. “They are my associates — signed agreement and all. My Annalynn loves to perform the hard cash sign-up, just like I did as a kid.”

The elder Abbott received her 1st actual cash sign up for her 10th birthday.

“It was the finest reward at any time!” she recalled. “I cried I was so psyched — then bought my household everything in the property.”

“Audrey is pretty into building jewellery and planning artwork,” Abbott mentioned. “I still have a whole lot of beads remaining and she is all about it.

“Teaching her how to make jewelry has been a large amount of fun,” she stated. “And she can wire wrap so a great deal superior than I at any time did. I enjoy to see how they equally have different characteristics of me in them. There is nothing extra that I appreciate than becoming a momma to these two very little ladies.”

As a solitary whole-time mom, getting the shop has offered Abbott the freedom to be there for her women when wanted. She reported she has a couple of vendors who will volunteer to enable out when she needs to focus on her women for the duration of shop several hours.   

Vendor traces at A&A Boutique consist of apparel, candles, jewellery, floral wreaths, tumblers, doorway hanging symptoms and CBD merchandise. Its collection of suppliers consists of Peter’s Generate that includes community jellies, jams, pickles, salsa, smoked cheese and honey Bodi Bites with do-it-yourself all purely natural dog meals photography by Marty McKay area artist Ruthi Dooley the Ice Cream Manufacturing facility and Wells Farms.

A&A Boutique also provides Riverbend tourism this kind of as landmark art and souvenirs, including coasters, photographs, ornaments, puzzles and magnets. 

Several hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. A&A Boutique also has distinctive occasions, this sort of as live Fb sales and Botox Open Properties.

Abbott commenced arranging well known quarter auction functions at the commencing of the trend. That effort also continues, with quarter auctions the 2nd Thursday of each individual thirty day period at the Alton Owls Club, 227 Blair Ave.

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