BRANDON — Stacy Ulrey Regan had never given much thought to opening a retail business.
She had a successful career as a CPA and wasn't looking for a change.
But when Dena Ham, whom Regan knew through the PTA at Symmes Elementary School, approached her with the idea of opening a consignment boutique, Regan gave it some thought and decided to give it a go.
Agape Chic Consignment Boutique had its grand opening last month, and so far the owners are thrilled with the flow of business.
"We've had a lot of traffic, a lot of people from the neighborhood stopping in, and sales have been good," Regan said.
The boutique, in the same plaza as Winn-Dixie on the corner of John Moore Road and Bloomingdale Avenue (151 E Bloomingdale Ave.), offers upscale women's clothing and accessories. Some of the shop's costume jewelry is purchased through wholesalers; everything else is on consignment.
Regan still works as a CPA when she's not minding the store. She said a consignment shop makes a lot of sense in difficult economic times.
"Women can make money by bringing their clothes and accessories to us," she said. "And they can save 40 percent off of retail prices by buying here."
Even though all of the clothing is on consignment, it's not unusual for women to bring in brand-new items. Some dresses still have their store tags.
The 1,200-square-foot boutique features dresses from the most prestigious designers to midpriced department store items.
"There's something for everybody," Regan said.
Agape Chic Consignment Boutique is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. Call (813) 571-7870 or visit agapechicboutique.com.
Event planner opens
There are a couple of differences between Eventuall Exclusive Designs in Riverview and most other event planners, Carol Valderrama said.
Valderrama and her business partner, Maria Arevalo, cite the fact they personally create and organize all their events from start to finish. They don't farm out any of their services, so they have direct control over every aspect of every event they coordinate, from booking and decorating the location to hiring DJs, showgirls and photographers.
The other difference is that Eventuall has it own storefront, which recently opened in the Winthrop Town Center at Bloomingdale and Providence roads.
The shop offers gifts and items for a variety of events. It's open to everyone, even for people who aren't using Eventuall's planning services.
Though their business is only a couple of months old, Valderrama and Arevalo have been planning events on their own, both together and individually, for years. They have experience in everything from children's birthday parties to formal weddings and corporate events.
Eventuall is at 6028 Winthrop Town Centre Ave. Call (813) 445-9251 or visit eventualldesigns.com.
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