Two Champlin women with a love of fashion and a passion for giving women confidence have opened a boutique store in downtown Anoka.
A Bushel & A Peck – North, “a modern boutique with rustic charm,” opened in early August at the corner of Main Street and First Avenue. It’s a franchised location based on the original store in Rosemount owned by Christy Macho.
The Anoka shop focuses primarily on women’s fashion, with an emphasis on unique clothes and brands you won’t find everywhere.
Gina Schupanitz and Lori Kautzer, the Anoka store’s co-owners, both work in corporate America and manage the new store, which is open Thursday through Sunday, on the side.
The two have been friends about 10 years, and Kautzer has known Macho around 30 years.
When Macho opened her store five years ago, Kautzer thought it sounded like a fun idea but didn’t think seriously about participating because she already had a job. But in the last year and a half she began considering it in earnest.
Finally, Kautzer decided to go for it and shared her plan with Schupanitz.
“We were together one night last September, and I said, ‘Gina, I think I’m really going to do this.’ And she was like, ‘I want in,’” Kautzer said.
Prior to opening the storefront, the pair began hosting pop-up sales at various locations around the beginning of this year, posting information online. That helped build a following online even before there was a permanent location. They still post new merchandise to social media regularly.
When Kautzer and Schupanitz discovered the location available in Anoka, they decided it was the perfect spot. They appreciate the Main Street atmosphere and foot traffic.
“So many of the other surrounding cities don’t have this Main Street feel,” Schupanitz said.
Although they have staff to help run the shop, Kautzer and Schupanitz try to be in the store as much as possible, despite continuing to hold corporate jobs. But they enjoy working at the shop, and they like helping other women feel confident and beautiful.
“There’s nothing better than having somebody come in kind of not having a good day, not feeling good about themselves, and putting them in an outfit that they feel fantastic in, and they walk out of here feeling so good,” Schupanitz said. “That makes us feel good.”
“Besides just our love of fashion, that’s the biggest reason that we’re doing it,” she said.
Learn more about the shop at facebook.com.