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Edgewood business owner uses ‘mom experience’ to open clothing boutique

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Laurie Downs raised two daughters. Her girls are teenagers, but she remembers all too well the struggles of keeping up with baby and toddler clothes, toys and accessories. Now she wants to help new moms with her business, 2nd Peek Boutique. The Edgewood reseller focuses on baby and young children clothing and toys – things that are often only worn or used a few times before children outgrow them.

“It was time for me to get out of the house,” the lifelong Edgewood resident said about why she wanted to open a business. “I like interacting with people. I just know that Edgewood needed something like this.”

Downs opened her shop a few days before Christmas and is working on getting signs installed before hosting a formal grand opening later this month, but customers are already finding the shop thanks to social media and referrals.

While there are a handful of resellers of children clothes and toys, Downs sets her shop apart by not being a consignment shop or one that stocks its shelves with items brought in by customers. She has a slate of buyers who search out items at yard sales and online auction houses.

“I buy outright,” she said. “I usually don’t buy from customers unless I really need something.”

That translates into customers requesting specific items that her buyers then seek out, with the customer often saving 50 percent off the retail price. Strollers sell for $23 that normally retail for $70, for example. Play pens that retail for $100 sell for half that at 2nd Peek Boutique.

2nd Peek Boutique is located at 727 Meridian Ave. E. The shop is open Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available by calling (253) 952-2300 or visiting http://www.Facebook.com/2ndPeek.

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