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Retro West Fashion Boutique
7/14/2016 1:23:03 PM

Retro

Taylor Brown has always had a passion for fashion and retail. She worked in a western store in her hometown, West Monroe, when she was in high school. Six years ago, she moved to Lake Charles to attend McNeese State University and participate on their rodeo team (she’s a barrel racer). During college and post-graduation, she worked for Baskin’s (now Boot Barn). "I love dressing people,” says this young enthusiastic entrepreneur.

At McNeese, Brown majored in agricultural business. She graduated in 2013, married her rodeo rider husband Rance, and settled onto a six acre farm in Grand Lake with several horses and three dogs. In 2015, Brown started an online retail clothing business she called Highway Hippy Company. When an opportunity to open a storefront in Lake Charles came along, she took a chance and opened Retro West Fashion Boutique at the corner of Ryan and College Sts. She carries a unique inventory of women’s casual wear, shoes, and jewelry she describes as "southern chic with a western 70s flair.”

In a room connected but separate from her boutique, Brown also opened a makeup studio featuring Mary Kay Cosmetics. No surprise, she calls it The Pink Studio. She and fellow consultants sell cosmetics, do facials, makeup application, skin care instruction, and cater to bridal parties.

Brown says she’s been surprised by the attention her little shop has attracted so far, despite the fact there is still no sign out front. She’s done no advertising other than social media and word of mouth. "New people are stopping by every day.”

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