By Michaela Priddy
What started out as a private online group for close family and friends now is getting a physical location in Leitchfield’s Southgate Mall. G to B Boutique, a one-stop-shop featuring unique children’s clothing, will have their ribbon cutting at noon Friday.
Owner Jessica Smith never thought she’d own a boutique before COVID-19. A mental health and substance abuse therapist for Twin Lakes Behavioral Health & Wellness, as well as the IOP director within the agency, Smith received her certification in telehealth therapy to work from home earlier this year.
This flexibility will allow her to work at the boutique between sessions with the voluntary assistance from a retired aunt who owned the former Barb’s Fashions.
Smith’s struggles with finding unique children’s clothing locally for her daughter inspired her to start an online group selling children’s clothes.
“Ever since my daughter was little, she is now 4 will be 5 next month, I have ordered her boutique clothes from boutiques outside of Grayson County and would always have to pay $4 shipping per outfit. I wanted to offer adorable, affordable boutique clothing right here in my hometown instead of supporting businesses outside of Grayson County,” Smith said, adding the key word for her is “affordable.”
G to B Boutique’s name comes from Smith’s desire to offer girl’s clothes because of her daughter, but she also wanted to provide boy’s clothes as well.
“My oldest child is a boy and we never had cute boutique clothes for him. I also have nephews who I would buy matching boutique outfits for when I purchased from the boutiques out of town,” Smith said. “G means Girl and B means Boy.”
Smith created the G to B Boutique’s private Facebook group for close friends and family to preorder clothing on Aug. 3. Within weeks, the group gained popularity and as of Sept. 24 the group had 1.2K members and Smith decided to open a physical location.
“I wanted to open a physical location on top of the online preorders because I felt like Grayson County needed it. Not everyone shops online and we need that in-person shopping experience. My boss offered me spacing where I work, and I couldn’t pass it up,” Smith said.
G to B Boutique will have unique girls and boys boutique clothing, from newborn to 14-16 sizes, women’s boutique clothing, from small to 3XL, men’s clothing, women’s and men’s shoes, beard oil, purses, and more. Smith is a wholesaler for brands such as Kancan, Judy Blue, Southern Attitude and Country Life.
“I wanted to create a one-stop-shop and that is what I have done,” said Smith, adding she has also partnered with different vendors to provide unique and local products at her boutique.
These vendors include a Farmasi make-up distributor, a Custom Sublimation T-shirt & More creator, and a Custom Teethers, Paci Clips, and Hairbows creator, all of whom are local women. She also has partnered with another vendor to sell custom candles, lotions, bath bombs, and soaps and currently is featuring a fall scent called “Pumpkin Toddy” at the boutique.
“I am excited about each of these women who have come into my life
for me to offer their products in the boutique,” Smith said, adding she plans to grow her boutique into a bigger space in the future to offer more to her customers.
Smith is eager to show Grayson County what she has to offer.
“I am excited to share the boutique with my online group who have supported me since the first preorder and the rest of Grayson County to see what I have poured my heart into,” Smith said, adding, “I would like for the community and future customers to be open minded to another new place opening in Grayson County and see that we all have different things to offer.”
The G to B Boutique is at 332 S. Main St. in Leitchfield. It is open Friday through Sunday. After receiving several requests, Smith plans to offer afternoon shopping during those days. Customers are encouraged to follow the G to B Boutique Facebook page for updates on hours.