I had always dreamt of one day owning my own boutique. The kind of shop where the moment you walk in, you feel welcomed, relaxed and inspired all at once…
Interestingly enough, I was actually a nurse for over 20 years, moving all over the world alongside my husband throughout his career in the Army. Nursing was wonderful. I always had a job, it allowed me to raise my children, and I LOVED what I did. I truly enjoyed the connection to people and helping those in need. But big dreams never dim, even after 20 years. As much as I enjoyed my career in nursing, I’d find myself imagining how gratifying it would be to one day open my very own little shop. All it took was a little nudge. One day my oldest daughter, simple and straight-foward, challenged me to: “Just do it, Mom. Stop talking about it and just do it.” It was all the inspiration I needed. And so, AvaGrace was born. I took the leap of faith, left nursing and opened my dream boutique. It was an obvious decision for me to name my shop after my two girls, my gifts. Ava and Grace. From our humble beginnings and now three years later to my beautiful, current space at the Simsbury Town Shops – we have evolved and grown by leaps and bounds. My mission through AvaGrace is to make all who visit us smile and get that instant, almost indescribable, sensation of: “I love this place!” I’d always envisioned this being a cozy corner of the world that smelled as lovely as it looked. A place that would allow me to share my love of beautiful things to give our guests a warm, welcoming sense of joy and calm that they can bring into their own homes.
About Our Lovely Little Boutique
“A love for beautiful things” – that’s our motto at AvaGrace for a reason. Every single item in the shop was hand-selected with our guests’ happiness in mind. We choose pieces that speak to our hearts, in hopes that it will speak to yours. Our small buying team travels to Atlanta and NYC many times throughout the year to thoughtfully curate our collection of treasures. We want our customers to feel a level of inspired happiness, that keeps them coming back. We work hard to keep our selection of products fresh and unique, all the while keeping our prices reasonable. We hope you love the special pieces that you find in our shop. And we hope you are excited to give that perfect gift that you found with us. We are always happy to gift wrap, as a special courtesy to our customers. And don’t forget to say hello to our ambassador, Dixie. She is our beloved shop dog. Dixie comes to work with me every single day – my sweet rescue pup from Tennessee. So if you are in the neighborhood and looking for a special something for yourself or for a loved one, we welcome you to stop by and say hello!
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