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About Us

Welcome to the Cottage! We are a family owned boutique located in North Grand Mall, Ames, Iowa.

One day my Mother, sister, niece and I decided to have a fun filled shopping day. What we thought would be this great time full of laughter and memories soon became frustrations and disappointments. We could not find a store that would meet all of our sizes, styles or needs. And, it was so hard to find anything that actually fit or felt good without losing the trendy styles. What should have been a good time for our family left us with questions on why was it so difficult to shop.

Soon after I left the business world and decided to open a boutique in which multigenerational families-daughters, mothers, aunts and grandmothers; best friends; co-workers or even alone, shopping would be a fun experience and would leave you with a great memory! The stress of not finding anything that fit, (no matter what size), the crowds and the feeling of judgement would be replaced with one place offering sizes Small thru 3X, fitted to flowy, classic to trendy, personal customer service and a friendly, fun atmosphere. We wanted our boutique to be "Your Place". That our boutique felt like being home; comfortable, safe and friendly. Thus the "Cottage" was opened.

But, we wanted to take our boutique a little further and help make a difference in our world. Sometimes, we wake up and our day starts out with the news of people hurting or in need and we ask, "What can I do to make a difference?". It's in those moments, we knew we had to incorporate our world, their needs, our Faith and our boutique. We made the commitment to offer carefully selected products that make a difference in the lives of those in need.  We have now partnered with those who help children with cancer, women who have escaped human trafficking, those giving clean water to Central Africa, a free enterprise market from Jubilee Haiti, lyme disease research, rescue puppy awareness and more. We wanted to offer products, such as jewelry or gift items, that will help give those same opportunities to help others and make a difference. That is where our hashtag/motto of #feellovegivelove was born.

We appreciate your time with us and want to thank you for shopping with us and becoming our friend! We invite you to stop in and see us when you are in Ames. We love to visit, so come have a cup of coffee or glass of wine with us. Also, join us for our "Girls Night Out", "Art at the Boutique" events, small business Pop Up shows, live modeling events, personal styling appointments and more!  And, don't worry if you're not local, we can still connect and have some fun! Please, become part of our community on facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1981921925415105/ and follow us on Social Media. 

Blessings!
Christina 

 

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