August 11 2020 – Sola Boutique Bantry Admin
Hope you are all well on this Monday morning. The week ahead is exciting as we are celebrating ten years in business. This blog post is a bit of a long one as I am recapping the journey so far. So grab a cuppa and I will take you through the ten years.
I am truly delighted to be celebrating ten years of business at SOLA BOUTIQUE here in Bantry. For a small business, just keeping your doors open for a decade is a real achievement worth celebrating; and we plan to mark the occasion. A email will be sent Tuesday morning regarding this, so make sure your add your email address to our mailing list. Through the many highs over the years (and some lows), I want to thank you all for coming on this journey with me. I truly couldn’t have done it without you.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
When I opened SOLA BOUTIQUE ten years ago, I had only just moved to Bantry and so I began building the business from scratch; it wasn’t easy. My first three years were really tough but I put everything I had into making SOLA the business I'd always hoped for, and thankfully we made it through those first few years! I had to learn quickly, I had to find and keep every customer I could. This taught me a lot and helped to create the business SOLA BOUTIQUE has become today.
SOLA BOUTIQUE TODAY
Sola Boutique is a calm space, away from fast fashion. I've worked to create a style oasis in the heart of Bantry, providing honest styling advice. My holistic approach involves getting to know each customer, their lifestyle and needs, and dressing them uniquely helping them to feel great. I believe in showing customers how to style each piece in many different ways, ensuring they will get lots of wear out of their purchases. We specialise in everyday clothes rather than occasion wear, as I think great style should happen every day, not just on special occasions! Repeat customers often tell me that they wear clothes purchased from SOLA again and again, which to me is the biggest compliment they could give.
The clothes I stock at SOLA BOUTIQUE are excellent quality, at the best price. I search out brands that are easy to wear and care for, with the nicest feel. As I have such a loyal customer base, I am able to visualise what they would like, and find the key pieces that will best suit their lifestyles. This close and intuitive relationship with my shoppers means many of my pieces are sold as soon as they arrive!
MY LOVE OF STYLE
For as long as I can remember, I have always had a love of style. I enjoy helping people find versatile pieces that suit them and their busy lifestyle; whether it’s for the office, home or out & about. Having worked as a buyer with Penneys for seven years and then with Brown Thomas for three years, this really gave me the experience and confidence to source those quality brands that I knew would work – always with my customers in mind.
SOLA is a unique shopping space, where my customers can retreat from the cares of the world and relax. They can browse carefree and have a good chat with us and will always get honest feedback. Lots of chats happen in SOLA and I have to say I do love my job!
There is nowhere I'd rather live or raise my family than Bantry in West Cork. Bantry is a such a special place to run a business. SOLA has invested in the community over the years, fundraising for the local schools and hospice. In turn, the community has constantly supported SOLA and I've been able to live my dream of working for myself and living in this very special part of the world. For this I am very thankful.
While the future after COVID-19 looks uncertain for all, I feel confident that small communities, such as here in Bantry, can come together and continue to support each other. I feel hopeful for the future.
SOLA BOUTIQUE – NOW ONLINE TOO
I am really excited about developing the online side of SOLA, and bringing my little dose of style to people in their homes, even if they can't make it to my Bantry store. I'm very exited and looking forward to growing that online relationship with my shoppers via my Website, Facebook, Instagram and Email, so watch this space over the next few weeks, exciting things coming your way on line.
So that is it for now, Will be in touch .