By Leah (Johnson) Olajide
A keen interest in watching her mother sell clothes from their basement birthed the upscale boutique Sharpley Made, owned by Brittney Marshall.
“Myself, my mom, my three sisters, and my niece have always bonded over shopping,” said Marshall, “So I fell in love with being around women, talking, and exchanging advice which happens mostly when shopping.”
Sharpley Made Boutique, which opened in December 2014 and is located in Farmington Hills, MI is a chic, contemporary boutique catering to women aged 30 and older and sizes XS to 3XL. Offering a variety of sizes and ensuring the boutique’s items are reasonably priced are both essential to Marshall.
Of course, much research, planning, and maintained dedication are needed to manage a boutique, as it’s simply more than having clothes to hang on the racks. Marshall, her mom, and her sisters shopped their personal closets to select pieces they liked, and this led them to finding, contacting, and now collaborating with various vendors.
“Our merchandise comes from different states and internationally including Canada, and Amsterdam. We also do the big vendor show in Vegas or California, or even here in Michigan.”
Once the items Marshall wants in the boutique are selected they are ordered and shipped.
Since this method has been followed for sometime, Marshall has built a rapport with her vendors, prompting them to send magazines ahead of time with designs from their next collection, or the designer themselves will come to the boutique.
“We really try to shop for women who want to grow their closet,” said Marshall, who advertises her boutique by wearing many of the pieces she’s selected.
In addition to clothing, the boutique sells jewelry, handbags, and has a specialty shoe every other month. Sharpley Made boutique will soon widen its audience and allow fashionlovers to shop via the boutique’s website.
The boutique is open Tuesday-Saturday, and is offering special discounts the entire Black Friday shopping weekend.
Marshall is certain that visitors to Sharpley Made Boutique “won’t leave without finding something they like.”
Sharpley Made Boutique- 29564 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334 (248) 862-5305