by Lisa Tome
What started on social media became the culmination of a dream for two local women.
Ashley Hahn and Jessica Garcia have opened the You Empowered Boutique in downtown Rising Sun. The pair opened the business after Hahn had a pop up boutique on Facebook.
Garcia has experience in retail. She had three spaces in the Odds&Ends in Oxford, Pa. Hahn had her own cleaning business, but also sold Paparazzi jewelry and started the Facebook boutique. The pair turned Hahn's social media success into a brick and mortar business.
They sell new and used clothing, most of which costs under $20. They have clothing for men, women, and children, medical scrubs, and specialty items. They also bought out a North East-based boutique and sell that merchandise. They have shoes and purses and undergarments. And take consignments on handbags. They also offer maternity clothes and have a line of You Empowered merchandise.
"People love it. Men don't like to shop but we have a man who likes to shop and comes in every week," she said. They also offer men's business attire and ties.
"We have a three dollar rack," said Garcia. "And we sell some kids clothes for 50 cents." Garcia said they recently outfitted a girl attending her eighth grade graduation with dress, shoes, and a sweater for $22.
They've continued with the Facebook live boutique and offer clothing sizes from extra small to 4X. "You can buy a three dollar pair of pants and look good for three dollars," said Garcia.
They are also lending a hand to other women. Inside the shop, they also sell items made by other women. They carry the Lilly designs and woodcrafts. And also sell the Soap Bucket line of all natural body products.
You Empowered Boutique is located at 117 Ryan Drive, Suite C. Hours are Wednesdays 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. There are daily discounts for military, first responders, and senior citizens.