After working retail throughout high school and college at several different clothing boutiques before going to work at her family’s roofing business, Shelby Grant knew she always wanted to do something on her own. A graduate of Milford High School who grew up in Houston and attended Goldey Beacom College where she earned a bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in marketing, Grant came up with the idea for Junebug’s during her freshman year of college.
“In a business class, we had an assignment focused on how to make a business plan and that’s how I came up with my boutique,” Grant said. “My boutique name is very special to me. Growing up, my nickname was Junebug after my middle name, June. Once the business plan was made, I knew immediately the name had to be Junebug’s. Not only is it the perfect name for a store, but it’s the perfect representation of me. Now, here we are six years later, making that business plan come to life.”
Junebug’s, which will be located in the newly refurbished Penney Square building in downtown Milford, will offer trendy clothing pieces for everyone and every body type. The store will focus on women’s apparel but will also offer men’s and, eventually, children’s clothing.
“Along with clothing, we will offer accessories, home décor and gifts,” Grant said. “The store will have something for everyone! In addition to the boutique, Junebug’s will provide salon hair services, in studio/mobile spray tans and professional makeup services. Not only can you come in the store and shop, you can also get beautified.”
Grant explained that she decided to open her store in Milford because she absolutely loves the town. She grew up in Milford and her entire family lives in the area, plus her family business, Grant and Sons Roofing, has been in Milford for over 50 years, so it just seemed right. She also felt that one of the things Milford lacked was a clothing store and she hoped to quickly expand what she offered. She felt that opening in Penney Square was just “meant to be.”
As far as challenges she will face, Grant feels that the hardest part will be navigating a new business while she believes the new opportunity will be a huge reward, bringing a unique shopping experience to downtown Milford.
A grand opening is planned for December 1 from 5 to 7:30 PM at the 39 North Walnut Street location. Grant invites everyone to stop in for “snacks, sips and surprises.”
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