Chic Boutique, the owners of Dishes by Dashonda team up for the Elyria Sip and Shop event – Morning Journal

Lorain business owners find relevance in collaboration.

Lamara Thompson, 23, owner of a fashion store Chic boutique hosts its second networking event for business owners and consumers.

Thompson, originally from Elyria, graduated from Elyria High School in 2016 and the University of Toledo in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in gender studies on women. She is also a certified eyelash technician who recently started teaching classes.

Chic Boutique, located at 123 Reaster Court in Elyria, opened its brick and mortar store earlier this year. Thompson started selling clothes online, but said she decided a physical store was needed to meet demand.

Chic Boutique, located at 123 Reaser Court in Elyria, opened earlier this year. (Aliah Kimbro – The Morning Newspaper)

“Last summer I had so many falls and the business was really good, but I knew I couldn’t keep doing it outside of my home,” she said. “I had no space between packaging and fulfilling orders, so I knew it was time to find a store. “

She said the store has something for everyone.

“We’re pretty much a one stop shop,” Thompson said. “Our primary audience is 18-25, but we also have a lot of options and a strain bred for older women.”

Chic Boutique will launch its very first collection of men’s clothing at the next network event.

The Christmas Sip & Shop will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on December 19 at 2428 Elyria Ave. to Elyria.

“I just wanted to get people to network, get to know other owners, and learn about their business,” Thompson said. “I hope we can work together and produce many more events. “

Official Christmas Sip & Shop flyer.

There will be a variety of vendors available for consumers to interact with and purchase merchandise.

“It’s an entrepreneurial event for all types of businesses,” said Thompson. “From cooking to knitting, we touch almost all sectors of activity.

She said the event is free. Wine and light refreshments will be available.

Thompson said she enjoys partnering with women-owned businesses.

“I love working with other like-minded women who have the same goals and the same mindsets,” she said.

The event is a collaboration between Thompson and Dashonda Smith, owner of Dashonda tableware catering service.

Smith started her restaurant business during the novel coronavirus pandemic, but said she has always enjoyed cooking.

“Cooking has been my passion since I was born,” she said. “Although I didn’t officially start my business until September 2020.”

Smith said she was happy to see local entrepreneurs helping each other.

“Lamara is a woman who started her business from scratch, like me, so it’s great to be able to come together and show the city that businesses can work together,” she said. “This is just a start to bigger things by bringing us all closer together. “

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