“Find a need and fill it” is exactly what interior designer Theresa Capps did.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Ms. Capps noticed a growing consumer demand for distinctive gifts and home accessories.
“Customers are looking for something unique across the board. They want a conversation piece. I wanted to meet (those) needs.”
In October 2009, she opened YOU! Boutiques in the Short Pump Town Center in western Henrico County.
YOU! Boutiques carries a variety of merchandise, including the following:
- wall art
- furniture, decorations
- hostess gifts
- handcrafted jewelry
- pet accessories
- It also offers interior-design services.
The store attracts customers from all over the Richmond area and Virginia, including as far away as Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Roanoke and Northern Virginia.
What others say about YOU Boutiques
- Joan Valcicak of Fairfax County visits the store at least twice a year to buy jewelry. She thinks Capps “clearly has a passion” for what she does.”It’s so unique,” she said of the jewelry. “I haven’t seen anything anywhere like it. I travel all over the world looking for items.”
- Paul Goodman of Henrico shops at YOU! Boutiques for many of the gifts he buys for his wife and daughters. “I like it because they carry one-of-a-kind jewelry.” In April, for instance, he bought a wedding necklace and earrings for his oldest daughter.
- Lenore Cox said the boutique is one of her favorite places in the Richmond area, adding that the customer service is outstanding.
In 2010, Capps created a virtual storefront website for her company. The website now carries more merchandise than her bricks-and-mortar store.
“We add items to the website every day,” Capps said.
What is it?: specialty boutique
Employees: Seven, including the owner
Owner: Theresa Capps
Location: Short Pump Town Center near the Nordstrom store
Contact: (804) 364-9686 or www.youboutiques.com