Display mannequins outside a small, light green shotgun house can make motorists look twice while driving through downtown Jonesboro on North Main Street.
The house is actually a fashion-forward boutique called “Twelve-The Beau Monde Boutique” at 131 North Main St. The closest cross street to the boutique is Smith Street.
The boutique opened on July 15 and is receiving a positive response from the community, said owner Adrienne Manuel-Spain.
Tammy Parrish said this is her second visit to the store, and she enjoys the warm and calm atmosphere it provides.
“Just driving by, I just saw a small boutique here, and I like high fashion,” said Parrish.
“I would say some of our clothes are transitional pieces...they are very trendy, very sexy,” added Manuel-Spain. “They are not over the top, anyone can wear [these clothes].”
The boutique is open for the general public Tuesdays, through Saturdays, from 10 a.m., to 7 p.m. Mondays are by appointment only for designers who want to show their products to sell them at the shop, she said.
The boutique sells a variety of fashionable items such as eco-friendly handbags, as well as, accessories, shoes and dresses, she said.
Local designers create the earrings sold at the boutique, she explained. Clutches and purses are made from either candy wrappers, tin cans or canvas material, a heavy-duty plain woven fabric. She said she designs some of the handbags which showcase earthy items such as flowers, plants and butterflies.
The shop targets women, though clothing for men and children will eventually be added, she said. The prices range from $10, to $69.99, said the owner. “Once the season changes, the price ranges are going to go up because of the fall season,” Manuel-Spain said. She explained that clothing items for the fall, such as jackets, are typically expensive.
The clothes available range from small to plus sizes, said Manuel-Spain.
“We don’t carry the same products twice,” she reassured.
She said she decided to open her boutique in downtown Jonesboro because the area exudes a very old and vintage atmosphere. “It has that very down-to-earth feeling,” she said.
Manuel-Spain said she recently received a degree in fashion merchandising from Bauder College in Atlanta. She has worked in the retail industry for 18 years, and served as manager for stores such as OshKosh B’gosh at Tanger Outlet in Locust Grove, and Ashley Stewart at Southlake Mall in Morrow.
For more information contact Twelve-The Beau Monde Boutique at (404) 375-3985, or visit www.twelvebeaumonde.com.