When COVID-19 shut the church preschool exactly where Jennifer Berrier and Angie Hodges experienced worked together for the past 5 years, they resolved to pursue an additional aspiration for employment.

The pals opened Sweet Southern Sass women’s outfits boutique in Lexington on Sept. 25 within Evenbrooke, located at 15 Murphy Push in the Middle 64 West searching middle.

“We are a shop in a store,” explained Berrier, who has due to the fact been able to return section-time to teaching preschool. “The ideal thing is if you are coming to Sweet Southern Sass, you could possibly see a thing else you want. There are 38 suppliers here.”

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Most of the vendors at Evenbrooke promote property decor, repurposed home furnishings, antiques, collectibles, do-it-yourself signals, develop, flowers and art. On the other hand, there is no other seller undertaking what Berrier and Hodges are accomplishing. Sweet Southern Sass is the only keep selling new women’s clothes. In addition, most of the suppliers are not onsite encouraging clients and as a substitute enable Evenbrooke owner Brad McCullough and manager Michael Ayers to take care of their booths’ enterprise. But Sweet Southern Sass entrepreneurs are commonly at their boutique every single night immediately after 3 pm and all day on Saturdays.

Blanket scarves, jewelry and clothing are some of the items sold at Sweet Southern Sass. Store co-owner Jennifer Berrier is seen in the reflection of the mirror.

“For two several years, we talked about opening a clothes boutique,” Hodges mentioned, “but we never experienced the time. When COVID-19 transpired, we reported, ‘Let’s go for it.'”

As component of the newly unemployed sector in March, the duo now had the time to strategy and open up a enterprise, but there was a further difficulty — COVID-19’s superior-density collecting limits meant there were no trade shows boutique owners commonly go to to perspective, touch and consider on the hottest garments and accessory developments.