New Bou­tique Opens In Farm­ing­ton

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kut­ter

FARM­ING­TON — A new bou­tique in Farm­ing­ton of­fers stylish clothes, unique gift items and fash­ion­able shoes for lo­cal cus­tomers.

“We want to bring some­thing to our area so you don’t have to drive to Fayet­teville to get it,” said Melissa Rupe, who owns the shop along with Ali John­son. “We want to keep it lo­cal for our com­mu­nity.”

Mar­ket & Main is lo­cated at 18 E. Main St., next to Briar Rose. The bou­tique opened on week­ends in March and of­fi­cially opened with reg­u­lar hours on April 3.

The shop has clothes for women and chil­dren, jew­elry, san­dals, swim­suits and beach ac­ces­sories. Gift items in­clude cof­fee mugs, can­dles, kitchen gad­gets, dish tow­els and hot mitts. The shop has sev­eral unique gifts with a pig theme, such as a pa­per tower holder and a bot­tle opener.

This is the first bou­tique owned by the two women, though Rupe also owns Cater­pil­lars to But­ter­flies day care cen­ter in Farm­ing­ton.

John­son’s chil­dren stay at Cater­pil­lars to But­ter­flies and the two friends be­gan talk­ing about go­ing in to­gether on a bou­tique.

“We’ve had a strong in­ter­est in it. We like style for our­selves,” Rupe said.

Rupe brings her busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence to the bou­tique and con­sid­ers her­self an en­tre­pre­neur. John­son brings her mar­ket­ing back­ground to the shop.

“All the doors opened and it just felt right,” Rupe said. “We think God def­i­nitely played a part in it.”

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues­day-Fri­day and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Satur­day.

COURTESY PHOTO

Farm­ing­ton Area Chamber of Com­merce re­cently held a rib­bon cut­ting for Mar­ket & Main, a new bou­tique.

LYNN KUT­TER EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Gifts avail­able in Mar­ket & Main, in­clude cof­fee mugs, dish tow­els and kitchen mitts.

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