Fifty vendors are slated to attend Saturday's 12th annual Unique Boutique at the Edgeworth Club. Each vendor has a unique business story in how they began. Today, we feature four of the vendors, including two hometown sellers.
Caroline Conlan of Sewickley had an interest in healthy eating and sports so she started selling Exfuse. Exfuse is a collection of naturally derived dietary supplements from whole foods. Seven+, the cornerstone of the liquid nutrition line, is made with organic and wild-crafted superfood extracts including acai, goji, mangosteen, seabuckthorn and noni--to name a few. These antioxidants deliver vital nutrients to the body and combat inflammation. Exfuze also makes natural, gluten/soy free energy drinks and weight management supplements.
Since 1995, sisters, Robin and Ding Hays have revamped and refocused Party Ants, the toy and party store, turning it into a creative environment where both children and adults can enjoy shopping for toys, games, party favors and more. Party Ants, located at 424 Broad St. in Sewickley is fun, friendly and educational, and prides itself on its personalized service, which is second to none.
Summer Wise established Trendy Trousseau, LLC, a privately-owned company to create a location that all women can shop to find just the right stylish piece, accessory or handbag to complete her wardrobe. This trendy on-line apparel boutique services many styles and cuts for the fashion conscious woman. The Trendy Trousseau shopper finds beautiful trendy styles that can be worn through all walks of life.
With the love of arts and crafts, and wine tasting, Mimi Kernan developed Little Inklings and started her stemware jewelry business in 2002. Kernan has expanded her inventory to include bead wrapped spreaders, serving pieces and gift sets. She also makes ornamental jewelry, book markers and zipper pulls. As her business has grown so has her creativity to meet the various needs of entertaining family and friends.
The Unique Boutique is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Edgeworth Club, 511 East Drive.
Admission for shopping is $10 each or $35 each for admission and lunch. The buffet lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and reservations are required.
For questions or reservations, contact Irene Dailey, director of volunteer and community services at 412-749-7052.