GIBSON CITY — A women’s clothing boutique opened last Thursday in downtown Gibson City and held a grand opening event two days later.
Expressions Boutique is attached to the east side of Expressions Salon, and it shares the same address of 110 E. 9th St.
Owned and operated by the salon’s owner, Sara Bielfeldt, the boutique sells “everything from shoes to handbags to accessories to tops to pants,” Bielfeldt said, “so you could style yourself for a full day if you wanted to.”
The clothing is “mostly on the casual side” but could also be used for “business-casual” attire, Bielfeldt said.
Everything is “brand new — straight out of the box,” she noted — and there are a variety of sizes available.
Bielfeldt, a Gibson City native, said that after operating Expressions Salon for the past six years and moving the salon to its third and final location on 9th Street, she thought, “What better way to complete the look than with clothes?”
“I happened to have extra space back there (on the building’s east side),” she said. “It was actually a garage, and so I just converted that garage into a small clothing boutique.
“I love clothes,” Bielfeldt continued. “I always have. I just love anything fashion-related. So I decided I wanted to come and throw that in the mix and see if I can’t get someone to walk around Gibson City, head to toe, created by Expressions.”
Since opening the boutique, Bielfeldt said business has been “great.” Many people stopped by the boutique after visiting Strictly Kids’ 25th anniversary celebration downtown on Saturday. Bielfeldt was promoting her grand opening in conjunction with the children’s resale store’s anniversary event.
“I actually feel like my inventory is quite dwindled, so (Friday night) I ordered a boat-load more (product) so that we will be ready again next weekend to hit a good crowd again,” Bielfeldt said.
The boutique is open Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On other days, people may contact Bielfeldt to arrange for private visits by messaging her on Facebook or Instragram.
Bielfeldt’s boutique has one part-time hourly employee — her mother, Sidney, who retired last year as a secretary at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School. Bielfeldt, whose husband, Kyle, is employed as principal of GCMS Middle School, also plans to hire a couple of high school girls to work this summer on Saturdays at the boutique.
There are currently no other boutiques in Gibson City, although another one is expected to open elsewhere downtown late this summer.
For more information, people can visit www.expressionsbysara.com.