by IBRAHIM ALSAIARI
TU alumna Heather Hunker has opened Ma chère Claire Boutique, a new store in downtown Tiffin that offers high-quality women’s apparel and accessories.
Before she opened her shop on Feb. 15 at 191 Jefferson St. inside the Ye Crimpers Shoppe salon, she opened her store online. She continues to maintain her website at http://www.machereclaire.com/ that allows customers to view and order the store’s products. Also, it provides free shipping for orders overs $50.
Ma chère Claire Boutique has a Facebook and Instagram account that have information about the store, including pictures of the products and contact information. The boutique already has 5,782 followers on Instagram.
Kelsey Creamer, one of the models at Ma chère Claire Boutique, said, “I love the products they have, and they are great quality, and I love supporting local businesses.”
Hunker gained retail experience when she managed Peebles at Westgate for five years. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from Tiffin University.
“I loved retail, but I knew I wanted to have my own boutique, as opposed to working corporate retail,” Hunker said.
She is looking forward to improving her business in the next few years by opening a store front and offering young girls' clothing in addition to women's clothes. Currently, the store offers limited girls’ clothes that match women’s clothing for mother/daughter outfits.
Working with other small apparel retail stores in Tiffin is one of her objectives to promote their business and to improve the city.
“I believe that the more successful we all are as an industry, the better Tiffin will become,” she said. “Tiffin has had some great economic developments, and there is so much more on the way. I want to be a part of that, and help other small businesses be successful, too!”
She warns shoppers to act fast if they see something they like because it may not be there tomorrow.