Alton’s A&A Boutique marking second year with 50-plus post pandemic partners

ALTON — Andrea Abbott took a hiatus from her concept shop A&A Boutique. But she’s back again at it and arranging the second anniversary of her return to working the multi-seller web page later on this 12 months.

“I experienced no intentions on at any time opening one more shop,” recalled Abbott, who marketed the business about 5 ago to a seller who had space at the store.

“But the house came offered in the center of the pandemic,” claimed the mother of two. “So I questioned my girls if they imagined it was a superior strategy. They mentioned, ‘Heck yes!'” 

A&A Boutique, at 300 E. Broadway, capabilities far more than 50 nearby sellers, which include strains from both equally of Abbott’s young children. Audrey, 12, creates hand wire-wrapped crystal trees. Annalynn, 8, creates magnets and fairy backyard sticks. The shop is also household to Abbott’s F-Bomb Momma line.

“I had previous vendors who had turn into my good friends begging me to do it all over again due to the fact I was thriving with the other outlets I experienced,” Abbott reported. “I was honored they believed so extremely of me to be in my shop again.” 

Abbott owned A & A Beads in the exact house for 10 a long time ahead of she had youngsters. A&A Boutique will celebrate its second anniversary on Sept. 1.

“My goal has constantly been to give distributors an outlet to sell their products and make cash,” she claimed. “I think so significantly it has been a terrific journey still once again.

“This spherical the store is named after my daughters, Audrey and Annalynn Abbott,” she reported. “They are my associates — signed arrangement and all. My Annalynn enjoys to operate the hard cash sign up, just like I did as a kid.”

The elder Abbott obtained her 1st actual dollars register for her 10th birthday.

“It was the most effective gift ever!” she recalled. “I cried I was so thrilled — then offered my household almost everything in the household.”

“Audrey is really into earning jewellery and planning artwork,” Abbott famous. “I nevertheless have a ton of beads still left and she is all about it.

“Educating her how to make jewellery has been a ton of fun,” she reported. “And she can wire wrap so much much better than I at any time did. I adore to see how they each have various characteristics of me in them. There is absolutely nothing additional that I like than getting a momma to these two minor females.”

As a solitary whole-time mother, obtaining the shop has specified Abbott the liberty to be there for her ladies when necessary. She reported she has a few vendors who will volunteer to assist out when she wants to concentration on her ladies in the course of shop hours.   

Vendor strains at A&A Boutique consist of garments, candles, jewelry, floral wreaths, tumblers, door hanging signs and CBD merchandise. Its selection of vendors includes Peter’s Produce showcasing regional jellies, jams, pickles, salsa, smoked cheese and honey Bodi Bites with homemade all organic canine food items photography by Marty McKay community artist Ruthi Dooley the Ice Cream Factory and Wells Farms.

A&A Boutique also provides Riverbend tourism these kinds of as landmark artwork and souvenirs, which includes coasters, images, ornaments, puzzles and magnets. 

Hrs are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and midday-4 p.m. Sunday. A&A Boutique also has unique occasions, these kinds of as reside Fb sales and Botox Open up Houses.

Abbott started off organizing well-known quarter auction occasions at the commencing of the craze. That effort and hard work also proceeds, with quarter auctions the 2nd Thursday of each and every thirty day period at the Alton Owls Club, 227 Blair Ave.

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