Boutique opening today

By NANCY ZEMAN nzeman@prairiepress.net
Posted 11/25/19

It’s been years since there was a children’s boutique in Paris — but the Twigg sisters are changing that today.

“Ellie and Olive Children’s Boutique” opened at 10 a.m. today on the …

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It’s been years since there was a children’s boutique in Paris — but the Twigg sisters are changing that today.

“Ellie and Olive Children’s Boutique” opened at 10 a.m. today on the west side of the Paris square — specifically 117 N. Central — the brainchild of sisters Pia Krieger, Franceska and Teresa Twigg. And while the shop isn’t located in a stately home on East Court Street, walking through the door will certainly remind many Paris residents of the former Mary Sue Tot Shop, which was operated for many years by Mary Martha Hall.

The new boutique offers boys and girls clothes from newborn to size 10 with some girls clothes up to size 14, Teresa noted.

Josephine Vitale, the mother of the three sisters, said the inspiration for the boutique was the birth of Pia’s daughter, Ellie, now eight months old.

“We wanted to bring children’s store to our community and encourage our friends and neighbors to shop locally,” Teresa said.

Pia said she has always wanted to have a children’s boutique and when the space was available from Jared and Stephanie McKenna — who operated Bee Sweet Boutique next door — “things just fell together.”

The space has been empty for some time, Pia said but the McKenna’s did a floor to ceiling renovation.

A trip to market in either Atlanta or Dallas to purchase the latest styles for spring and summer is planned after the first of the year, Pia said. “Right now, we’re concentrating on getting the store open,” she said, noting all three sisters are excited about the holiday styles available for both boys and girls.

Among the popular children’s clothing lines featured in the shop are Rufflebutts and Ruggedbutts, Mud Pie, Gigi and Max, Elegant Baby and Bailey and Blossoms.

“We have something for every price range. That was important to us,” said Teresa, who is also the reigning Miss Edgar County Fair Queen. “We wanted to be able to offer affordable clothes for every child.”

One of the features of the shop are the Gigi and Max and other lines which specialize in handmade going home outfits for boys and girls. “We have everything for the newborn,” Pia explained, including teethers, bibs and blankets.

The sisters will also be setting up a baby shower registry so expectant mothers can provide gift ideas for those attending a gathering. “We will also be putting together gift baskets,” Teresa said. A customer only needs to drop by and give a budget and the sisters will take it from there, she said.

In addition, the complete clothing lines available in the store can be purchased on the store’s web site for shipping to friends and relatives away from Paris. “We’ll do all the work including shipping,” Pia said.

The sisters also have plans to eventually collaborate locally with other merchants on events. “We want to put our community’s best foot forward,” Pia said. “There’s no reason to drive to Terre Haute or Champaign.”

Besides the children’s clothes, the boutique offers baby gifts and children’s toys. They are particularly excited about the selection for Christmas and holiday clothes available in the shop.

“We have a ton of holiday stuff,” Pia said, with everything to holiday dresses to pajamas to play clothes to elaborate bows.

There will be a grand opening celebration at a later date, Pia said. “We wanted to be open to support Christmas in Paris,” she said.

Each sister emphasized how much encouragement they have received from not only local merchants but residents as well. “We’ve learned business from the best,” Teresa said, noting the strong Vitale family connection. “With the changes at the mall, there was really nowhere to go to shop for children. We realized this when Ellie came along.”

Ellie and Olive Children’s Boutique will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. It will be closed on Sunday and Monday.