Sapphire Wings Boutique sisters recount the opening in honor of their mother – Orange Leader

Sapphire Wings Boutique sisters talk about opening in honor of their mother

Posted at 12:20 a.m. on Friday, October 14, 2022

BRIDGE CITY – Sapphire Wings shop owners and sisters Jennifer Tiller and Christi Smith live up to a motto of “Faith, Family and Community” by offering clothing for men, women, boys and girls.

“We purchased The Cottage, renamed it, and decided to keep the store in Bridge City to continue serving Orange and Jefferson County,” Smith said. “We named the store in memory of our mother, who died of cancer. Our mother was a very special woman to all who knew her. Sapphire was her birthstone; blue was her favorite color and wings as she is now our angel in heaven. Butterflies are the theme found in the shop because butterflies are visits from heaven.

The sisters were sales clerks for years before opening a brick-and-mortar store.

“For many years, the three of us went to local vendor shows and always talked with Mom about opening a shop,” Smith said. “Our mother was a talented seamstress and enjoyed doing a variety of crafts. My sister and I enjoy painting, making shirts, mugs, signs, holiday decorations. We get our love of craftsmanship from our mother.

When looking for clothes, gifts and decorations, the sisters often refer to what their mother would have chosen.

“Not a day goes by that we don’t think of our mom, the advice she would have given us and the journey she would have loved to share with us,” Smith said. “We mix community interests with items their mother would have loved, worn or even made, to keep her included in the business.”

Smith said the boutique stands out because it offers something for everyone.

They wanted to have a family and religious culture and atmosphere. This meant expanding what was offered to include boys’ and men’s clothing and plus size clothing.

There are a variety of brands, including Pete and Lucy children’s clothing and Oompies shoes. Sterling Kreek, Judy Blue and other boutique brands for women and Flyaway Clothing, Sabine Slam Bait and Private Stache for men.

Other items in the store range from jewelry to homewares.

“We have handmade clay earrings, pearl and leather earrings, and a variety of pearl bracelets,” Smith said. “We can personalize mugs, shirts, gift baskets, spirits and apparel. Our decor and gifts section includes handmade candles, earrings, decor, kitchenware, mugs, wooden signs, garden ornaments and honey from local artisans.

Genuine meditation stones are sold in memory of their mother’s spirituality and faith.

“She was praying and meditating after being diagnosed with cancer and going through her treatments,” Smith said. “Beautiful handmade Mala necklaces are a meditation tool used for concentration of the mind. For us and our mom, meditation is a way to clear your mind and be intentional about your thoughts, prayers and blessings in your life or the ones you might need in your life.It’s a way to center yourself when life comes and know it.

The Sapphire Wings store is located at 1980 Texas Avenue in Bridge City. Call 409-216-4789 for more information.

— Written by Sierra Kondos

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