When it comes to milestones, I am an extremely late bloomer. Think first kiss at 15, first boyfriend at 19, and first time taking an interest in my place in the world, well, within the last couple of years. And up until then it had never occurred to me that I held in my own two hands a small yet mighty tool for change.
I came across an article near the end of last year titled 'Vote With Your Dollar'. This isn't a new or earth-shattering notion by any means, but for me it was the light switch to my lightbulb - my 'duh!' moment after which my lifestyle would radically change.
I became obsessed with educating myself on the economy, my community, and the importance of shopping local. 'Be the change you want to see in the world' is for me about as overwhelming a notion as they come, but knowing that I could essentially vote with my dollar meant I HAD a say and I COULD make a difference in my own small way.
And so, the birth of 'Shop Local'; my newest blog series featuring local shops from around the Salt Lake Valley and Park City. Whether you already 'vote' for them or are being freshly introduced, my hope is that by getting to know the who and why behind the face of some of SLC's greatest shops, you'll think twice before 'voting' for a corporation because when you shop local you vote on the future of your community. Xo
545 Main Street, Park City, Utah
Nestled in the center of picturesque Main Street in Park City, Utah is the cozy self-proclaimed 'mom and pop' shop of Flight Boutique. Upon entering, with it's classic tunes and artful displays you immediately feel as though you've just walked in to your rich best friends closet; there is plenty to peruse without feeling overwhelmed. You suddenly find yourself humming along (seriously folks) while thumbing through a thoughtfully curated selection of fashion forward womens clothing.
Owned by Blair Isleib and Kristen Doyon, the (literal) fairytale of how Flight Boutique came to be is sickeningly idyllic. Both native to Park City, Blaire and Kristen navigated grade school side by side as best friends; a bond that continued into college-hood where they bunked together before parting ways to pursue careers in fashion on each coast.
After collectively getting their fill of big city living and missing the comforts of home, they decided to fill a niche they felt had long been missing in their hometown of Park City and got on the path to opening their own clothing shop. Starting small with trunk shows in various salons and venues they eventually planted roots on Main Street in 2009 and have been sitting pretty in their current location since August 2013.
With the slew of people Main Street generally attracts, their clientele ranges from 20s and flirty to 70s and hip - and they have price points to match. "Our style has been described to us as a little more East Coast than West Coast, but it's mostly a blend of both our personal styles and pushing the limits on whats available in Utah", says Blaire. "I think a lot of people assume that we're expensive just because of our location but we have price points to accommodate everyones budget!", notes Kristen.
What they really want you to know? They care. While other corporations tend to remain faceless, most days you'll find these ladies on site at their 'mom and mom' (get it) store manning the register, answering questions and helping your aunt decide if she can pull off that off-the-shoulder dress she's trying on in the dressing room.
I have the utmost respect for these women and with their hopes of expanding in the future you'd be hard pressed to find two people who pull off 'working mom' so effortlessly. So go pop in and say hello! They'd be thrilled to meet you. Go 'vote' for the hard working women in your community - and if you missed out on all the holiday sales, mention this blog post and you'll receive 15% off your entire purchase. Boom.