For a long time, Kristy’s Boutique at 113 W. Meeker in Puyallup has offered a store full of affordably elegant clothing and accessories for women of all ages. However, the time has come for Kristy Hobson, who owns Kristy’s Boutique with her husband Tom Hobson, to retire from the daily responsibilities of operating the business so she’s holding a storewide sale just in time for bargain hunters during this Christmas shopping season. Her goal is to close the shop by Dec. 31.
“Sometimes you can’t do everything forever, so it’s just time I think,” Kristy said. There is also a personal reason behind her decision to close the boutique: The Hobson’s adult son, Jeff, was diagnosed with leukemia a year ago and recently went through a stem cell transplant, which Kristy said takes another year to fully “take.” All profits from the closeout sale will be going to Jeff and his family to help him, his wife and children during this time. A professional photographer, Jeff has also been the youth director at the Hobson’s church, Pilgrim Lutheran Church on South Hill.
“He’s doing very well. We’re very fortunate,” Kristy said.
Right now everything inside Kristy’s Boutique (except for her line of Alegria shoes) is 30 percent off, with 50 percent off on items in the sale room at the back of the store. And the bargains don’t stop there. “A lot of things are down to 75-80 percent off,” Kristy said. “A lot of my stuff is already one-third to half of normal retail.” For example, Kristy’s stocks beautiful embroidered coats that go for up to $500 or more elsewhere but at Kristy’s they’re just $169 with 30 percent off.
Kristy’s specializes in rare and unique clothing that you won’t find in the typical women’s section at department stores. Whether you’re looking for jeans, jewelry, coats, dresses, shoes, tops, scarves, accessories and more, the selection at Kristy’s Boutique appeals to a wide range of ages, from teenagers to seniors. “Three generations can shop here and have a good time,” as Kristy explained. “Lots of families have come here. I’ve been a very family store and that’s been really important to me.” In keeping with this business ethic, the items Kristy sells are exquisitely tasteful and classic, things that never go out of style. If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for the special women in your life, Kristy’s is the place to find it.
Kristy also makes women’s hats, and has created nearly 300 of them with themes like Christmas and fall and hats for special occasions. She said she will continue with hat making and that interested customers can contact her. She can also help with shoppers looking for Alegria shoes and place orders upon request.
She said she will miss her loyal customers once Kristy’s Boutique closes its doors for good. “People have been really good to us.” As owners of the building, Kristy and Tom are considering numerous options for the space. “We’re looking to put in another business of our own or maybe somebody else’s,” Kristy said, noting also that the space is licensed for a bed and breakfast if some interested party wants to pursue that line of business. Another possibility is to open a showroom for Tom’s woodworking, as he can create beautiful furniture from reclaimed wood. His skills can be seen inside Kristy’s Boutique, where he built creative shelving and displays.
No matter what direction their business lives take, it’s clear that the Hobsons will be successful at it. As Kristy puts it, “Our story is one of faith,” and this has buoyed the couple and their family through thick and thin.
Kristy’s Boutique is open seven days a week and typical hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., open a bit earlier or later when need be. Call (253) 445-8210.