By Hannah Rothen
A little over a month ago, Amy Engelhart opened the Boutique Station right outside of Peterson, Minn., on Highway 16. She first officially opened on Friday, May 15 and has received quite a bit of business since then. The community has been very kind and helpful when it comes to supporting her with the new place. People seem to love the merchandise she offers and just the general look of the building.
The decoration of the Boutique Station Amy has set up definitely contributes to drawing in customers. The sign hanging out front is simple yet appealing. It’s the silhouette of a lady in a dress with the words “Boutique Station” written across it. The flowers near the entrance bring color to the building, and the bench and chairs offer customers a comfortable spot to visit. On the inside, the decorations show a rustic and vintage look, and the fairy lights give the place an aesthetic feel. The location of the building helps with drawing in customers as well. The place is right next to the highway, making it very visible to tourists coming through the area. Considering Peterson is pretty far from any large cities, the Boutique Station is in a perfect spot for people who don’t want to travel far to buy a nice outfit. Overall, the set up and location is perfect and should be very pleasing to customers.
The building has a very antique look to it and that’s due to its age. The building itself isn’t exactly new. Back in 1948, it was Tews Service Station. That is where Amy got her inspiration for designing the building. The old truck to the side of the place and the old gas pump sitting out front is like a reminder of what the building used to be, and that is something customers will greatly appreciate.
This building is a place that has been owned by Amy’s family for quite a while. It was previously owned by her dad, so she decided to put it to good use. Having her own shop is something she has always wanted to do, and when it comes to her goal with the place, she says, “I’m just having fun and giving people what they want.” Opening businesses in small towns like Peterson can help out due to the fact that it will give tourists a reason to stop by and see what’s going on. There aren’t very many places to shop for clothing in the area, and what she has to offer can definitely make people happy.
Even though it’s a small place, she has managed to provide a wide variety of clothing, jewelry, shoes, bags, and different accessories. Like Amy said, “When people come in, if somebody asks for leggings, I have leggings in. If people ask for something petite, I try to source that. If somebody wants tall clothing, I try to source that.” From tops to bottoms, big and small, Amy has provided the community with all kinds of clothing by opening up the Boutique Station.
Amy has made opening hours of the Boutique Station easily accessible to customers. On weekdays, it’s open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays are from 12-5 p.m. People can also set up private events by calling (507)875-2693 and the shop also has an email address. It’s firstname.lastname@example.org. She has set up an Instagram account and Facebook page as well, which can be found by searching “The Boutique Station”.
Amy Engelhart has done an amazing job with the Boutique Station. The community loves what she’s done with the place when it comes to decor, merchandise, and location. This place is something that customers will love to shop at for years to come.