BOUNTIFUL—Going from MP in the Army to boutique owner has been quite a leap for Michelle Allison, but she said the store is what makes her happy.
Allison recently opened the Green Apple Boutique in Bountiful where the old Hostess store used to be and then the Urban Country Boutique.
“I had a store before but it closed,” said Allison. “Mainly I wanted a place where crafters could sell their stuff without going to a show. A show is a lot of work.”
Although her military background seems like an odd mix for a crafter, Allison said she draws on things she learned in the six years she served to help her in the business.
“It was a positive, helpful experience,” she said of the Army. “It gave me direction and it was always good to push myself to the next goal. It definitely gave me leadership skills. Staying through my whole enlistment and not quitting was very important to me.”
Allison grew up sewing and worked in a bakery in high school. “That’s an art in itself,” she said. “I got into up cycling and taking trash and turning it into treasure. I’m a paralegal by education but that was not a good fit for me so I stopped doing that and got into changing things so they wouldn’t end up in the landfill.”
The store is filled with a variety of consignment items from happy bath bombs to Pokeman. “The bath bombs are good sellers as well as seasonal things,” she said. “The crafters set the prices with some guidance. I want them to be successful and not have their stuff linger if the price is too much.”
Allison doesn’t offer booth space but she carefully integrates items into the store so that it all looks good together.
“Vendors can bring in as much or as little as they want,” she said. “I believe our price point is lower than other places and I’ve seen a lot of new faces coming in so that’s a good sign. People buy lots of gifts here for baby showers, teachers and neighbors.”
The Green Apple is tucked back from the road at 2110 S. Orchard Drive in Bountiful. “I took down the Hostess sign,” she laughed. “I’m trying to get the word out that we’re here because people don’t see us. The first three months I worked 70 hours a week to flip it, etc. But now I try to stay within our open hours for my family. Even though my kids are teens I still need to be available.”
Store hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. Allison hopes staying open a little later than some other shops will bring in customers after they get home from work.
“Our focus is giving people a place to sell their wares,” she said. “I want it to have a co-op feel. If we work together we can make it a profitable venture for all of us.”