The staff loves Lady Yum, the clothes are vibrant and the community has fully embraced them and the Kirkland loyalty is fierce. This week’s spotlight on a local Kirkland small business is Purpose Boutique.
This is not your average boutique. Purpose Boutique downtown Kirkland Waterfront is the newest hot spot for ladies looking to update their wardrobe with fresh, wearable, fun pieces that are simultaneously timeless as they are trendy.
I know because my wardrobe is quickly filling up with my recent purchases: 2 colorful wraps, 2 pairs of tights, a cute collard shirt for work and some ankle boots! Kind of like these new Spring pieces!
On that note…Christie (Chief Visionary!) answers my questions about what it’s like to have a popular store on the Downtown Kirkland Waterfront and what sets their store apart from all others!
What’s your favorite part of owning a store in Downtown Kirkland?
Downtown Kirkland is always lively, exciting and buzzing! We love that there are always people out and about, shopping, eating…doing life together. Many individuals see our awning and pop in to say hello and welcome us to the community! Kirkland has been so hospitable from the very beginning. And finally, the waterfront view…you can’t beat it!
Currently, what is your favorite product/item in the store?
It’s so hard to choose a favorite item in our store, I really love everything! However, I would have to say that our Purpose dress line, coming to stores THIS Thursday, 2/12, is my absolute favorite. These dresses have been our “baby” project for over a year now, and we’re excited to reveal them to our communities! These dresses go with everything…I love to pair mine with the beautiful 31 Bits Spring collection jewelry.
What is your favorite place to shop in Kirkland when you are not at Purpose?
Unfortunately, since I live on the other side of the water (Bremerton), I haven’t had the opportunity to shop in Kirkland often. However, when I am in the area visiting the Kirkland store, I LOVE to eat locally! Some of my favorites include Cactus and Aura Bakery. Oh and the entire team loves the macarons at Lady Yum.
Tell me about your store name?
When we started this business, my “partner in crime,” Ashleigh Lauber, and I kept talking about how we were creating this business for a bigger purpose. As we kept talking about what we wanted to name our business, we kept mentioning the word ‘purpose.’ We thought…why not Purpose Boutique? It’s really the core of who we are and what we do.
What was your (Purpose Boutique) 1st week like in Downtown Kirkland?
Our first week in Kirkland exceeded our expectations. The first thing that stood out was the number of local business owners that popped into our storefront to say hello and introduce themselves. The local shops have been incredibly welcoming and supportive of Purpose from the start. And really, this comes down to community. We are honored to be a part of the Kirkland community- from local businesses to tourists to locals who have loved Kirkland for many years. We quickly recognized that people were really connecting with our mission, our price point and our expert personalized styling experience. We closed the first week feeling confident that being in Kirkland was the right choice for us. It’s an honor!
What is unique about your business?
Purpose offers a unique combination of the best in class personalized styling and customer service paired with affordable, on-trend fashion that goes beyond fair trade to holistically empower women around the world. We LOVE to style our customers, and we will never charge you for a customized styling experience- that’s just who we are. And when you shop with Purpose, you are not only going to look great, but you’re going to leave knowing that your purchases have truly made a difference in the world. Through empowerment partnerships and our donation model, your purchases are helping provide women and children with holistic support as they escape the sex trafficking industry, providing shelter for an orphan or even providing a woman in Uganda with the tools, education and hope to raise their families out of poverty. We hope everyone who walks into our stores leaves feeling like they’ve just experience a unique shopping experience.
Is there currently an event or special that you would like me to know about?
We are always having fun with our customers at Purpose, from private Purpose Parties
to Ladies’ Nights Out! We just launched our Purpose Dress Line
with a little party a few weeks ago! These Purpose dresses are made in the USA with hope and dignity by survivors of injustice. Now that our dresses are in store (and online!), every day at Purpose our expert stylists are prepared to provide a personalized styling session to show you all the fabulous ways you can style a Purpose dress!