SIDNEY — Misty Reese, a Jackson Center native, has enjoyed fashion a long as she can remember.
When Reese had the opportunity to rent space in the historic Murphy Building on Poplar Street, everything came together for her. She opened a boutique, Rebel & Rose.
“The (Murphy Building) owners here have been great to me! When I mentioned I would like for the brick on the walls to be exposed, they did it. I love it!” said Reese.
Reese chose the name Rebel & Rose for the boutique because she wanted to portray a specific image and to be able to expand her customer base. Currently, Reese carries clothing for women and has a small section of girl’s clothing.
“I like the differences between the roses and the edgier ‘rebel.’ It’s kind of like leather and lace. Some women have a more traditional style, and some women like things a little edgier. Also, I want the ability to expand and carry men’s fashions. Men might not feel too comfortable going into a store with a feminine name,” said Reese.
Opening the boutique gave Reese the ability to explore some artistic endeavors when it comes to the decor and display of the clothing. Reese had some help from family and friends, but she was the driving force.
“I kind of raided people’s houses for pieces that caught my interest. Then I had fun redoing the pieces to fit my vision for the boutique,” said Reese. “That was fun. I even got some metal racks that I remember my grandparents using for garage sales. It’s nice to see them in here, now. These racks (freestanding wooden racks) someone made for me. I just told them what I was thinking, and they built them.”
She also supports other independent businesses by offering Yant’s Jerky, made locally in Jackson Center, and running promos in conjunction with Threads, 126 Poplar St., and Bruno’s, just on the other side of the wall.
“I think it’s great that we can support each other and even incorporate other businesses into ours,” said Reese.
In keeping with her vision to serve a large number, Reese stocks sizes from small to 3X and will be offering clothing for sale online. She also regularly updates the boutique’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/rebelandroseboutique) with new clothing, promos and sales.
“We also stock shoes in several sizes, along with belts and hats,” said Reese.
Reese is experiencing a pleasant beginning to her business, already having repeat customers. She is pleased with the response so far.
“It’s nice to see people come back. I’ve had the best customers,” said Reese.
Nestled beside Bruno’s at 110 E. Poplar, the boutique is cozy but also has the convenience of Bruno’s just through the door. It’s the perfect set-up for a great meal after shopping for some great fashions.
The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.