Shopping just a walk away

Molly McWilliams Wilkins / Cluster Staff
Molly McWilliams Wilkins / Cluster Staff

Several new boutiques in downtown Macon are providing college students with a variety of other shopping options that extend beyond just the mall.

Mechel McKinley, Main Street Macon Manager, said, “We are excited to see more and more entrepreneurs looking at downtown to open their retail enterprises. Retail shopping is an important part of the business mix that makes downtown revitalization possible.”

Pink Chief Boutique opened on 3rd Street in August 2012 and caters to the free-spirited person who is young at heart. Store owner, Anissa Jones, said, “the whole premise of (the) store is trying to make sure we have clothes that are for everybody, fun clothes, and so we say it’s for the person that’s young at heart. So, whether or not you’re a person that’s actually young or if you’re older like myself and you still feel very youthful, our clothes are for you.”

The boutique offers a variety of clothing that appeals to all ages and genders. Dresses, jewelry and shirts are the store’s most popular sales, but many people go to Pink Chief for the unique, custom cowboy boots. The cowboy boots are made from a variety of exotic skins ranging anywhere from ostrich to stingray.

Jones said that the mantra of the store is “go forth and conquer your events” because, “every day is an event so you can use any and every day to dress up and feel good about (yourself).”

Bridal’s by Jonathon offers a variety of formal wear, not just wedding dresses. They offer attire for proms, homecoming, pageants and of course weddings.

“The store is unique because it is one stop shopping. You can get your full dress attire, which includes accessories and shoes,” said Sabrina Wilder-Jackson, store owner.

Dysfunctional Tees-n-Things is a downtown location that opened in July 2013. The store offers a variety of unique and novelty items including custom t-shirts, shoes, jewelry and original artworks. The owners, Tylina Swinger and Synja Turner, are involved in the community and hope to make a name for themselves and their business in the downtown shopping scene.

Posh Boutique is on Second St. and carries women’s clothing, handbags and accessories. Owner Nicole Talton started Posh at the Macon Indoor Flea Market and expanded to a storefront location.

Posh Boutique’s goal is to make women feel beautiful and comfortable in their clothing. The store does this by assisting shoppers and providing fashionable clothing at reasonable prices.

Love Jones Couture recently opened on Mulberry Street and wants to give individuals the opportunity to elevate their personal style so that they feel confident with themselves and their fashion choices. Love Jones Couture offers a variety of clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories.

Many new stores are opening downtown because of the future plans for revitalization in the Second Street corridor.