Local artists, designers and military spouses can all find opportunities at a new Grovetown gift boutique.
Lavishly Posh Boutique & Parties has opened on Second Avenue across from Grovetown City Hall.
Michelle Suyeyoshi started the business a year ago in Arizona. She brought the concept with her to Augusta after moving here in January, when her husband was assigned to Fort Gordon.
Suyeyoshi’s background is in television directing, public relations, interior design and event planning.
The store, she said, evolved from her “passion for event planning and helping others pursue their dreams and goals by having a home base for their products.”
“Almost everything is local. The purpose of the store is to really bring out the creativity in everyone in the community and be an outlet for them to pursue their dreams,” Suyeyoshi said. “...We feature local designers and military spouses that need an outlet for their creativity and designs.”
Hair bows, bracelets, tutus, apparel, monogrammed items, inspirational journals and books are for sale at Lavishly Posh Boutique & Parties. Suyeyoshi is featuring the work of 12 designers and is looking to expand into a second location because so many designers have contacted her about selling their products in her store, she said.
The shop also offers event space rental for birthday parties, tea parties and meetings, as well as wedding and party planning services, she said.
Suyeyoshi decided to open in Grovetown after originally looking for space in Martinez and Evans.
Not only did she want the “perfect spot,” she wanted to be close to Fort Gordon to provide opportunities for military spouses.
She renovated the 1,200-square-foot space before opening.
“To be able to give back to others is fulfilling for me,” Suyeyoshi said. “I love to see someone start from the beginning ... and pursue what they love to do.”
In Martinez, ownership of a building that houses Mish Mash Interiors & Gifts has changed hands, but it won’t affect the business, Mish Mash owner Meredith Tannehill said. The property was sold in June to S.N. Unger Properties LLC for $925,000.
Tannehill said her store will remain in business. Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate also will stay open. The stores are located at 4090 and 4088 Washington Road.