Saskatoon woman opens fashion boutique just weeks after graduating from high school

Marlene Cerda graduated from high school in June and opened a fashion store a few weeks later.

Cerda’s dream was to open Couture Glamor Boutique, saying she wanted to be her own boss.

“When I was in school I struggled a lot. I didn’t think college was for me,” the 18-year-old said.

“I just felt like I could do so much more with fashion and clothes.”

The store sells clothes, bags, wallets, perfumes, lingerie, sunglasses and other accessories. An important feature is its graduation gowns.

“It’s very hard to find dresses in Saskatoon,” she says.

She had to devote a lot of time to the shop and worked three jobs to maintain a steady income.

The COVID-19 pandemic is also a challenge to get people into his store.

“It certainly took me a long time trying to see what I could do on my website.”

But the work also has its positives.

“I own something and I can be my own boss and just be proud to accomplish something so young,” Cerda said.

Through it all, she had the support of her mother, Maria, who is proud that Marlene pursued her dreams.

“It was actually like a dream come true. I will say to cut the ribbon that we were so proud of her,” Maria said.

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