Monday, Statements, a home accessories and gift boutique, opened on Front Street.
The store’s owner, Allison Reed, said the store is meant to be the place where you can find that true, one-of-a-kind statement piece.
“My design philosophy has always been, go get stuff at Target, but get one thing that’s fabulous that will make a statement,” she said. “It may be the one thing you ask for for Christmas from your mama, but get that one thing and decorate around it.”
The boutique is housed in the previous location of A Very Merry Christmas Store, next to Pasta Grill.
Reed said Front Street is where things are going and where downtown is growing.
Reed has been a stay-at-home mom with her two children and husband, a professional at Acxiom, for almost 13 years.
With her two children now at Carl Stuart Middle School, she said it was time for her to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up.
When the space at 923 Front St. became available, she acted on her dream of owning her own store, and moved in.
Reed describes herself as the girl with pink hair and her husband as the guy with the business degree, so he’s helped her along the way and together they run the business just fine, she said. Her daughter hopes to one day run the shop, and her son is okay with playing Xbox in the back for now.
She didn’t start out trying to be “all things for all people,” but the store lends itself to an electric clientele, “whoever is trying to make a statement,” Reed said, whether it’s men, women, kids or adults.
Reed wants to give shoppers that one piece they can build off of. “It doesn’t have to be head to toe designer,” she said. Even if people don’t buy anything she wants them to be inspired from the boutique’s emerald green mantle to the wall of vintage records.
She’s also obsessed with conversation pieces like the aqua blue piano sitting against the left hand wall of her boutique.
It came out of the Southern Christian Home, a children’s home that cares for school-age children through high school in Morrilton, and was repainted by a local artist.
One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Southern Christian Home.
“Each piece needs to have a story,” she said. “It needs to mean something to you.”
Statements has prices ranging from $5 to “as much as you want to spend.” The custom bedding is some of the more expensive merchandise. The pillows on display were priced at about $375. Complimentary gift wrapping is part of the shopping experience, and Reed says she can help you find a gift for anyone on your shopping list.
“I can help you find something for your 85-year-old grandmother or your 3-year-old nephew,” she said.
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