Do you know how Black Friday got its name? A sad reality really, but unfortunately one that so many business owners face.  The name is evidenced to come from early retailers operating at a loss most of the year, until the day after Thanksgiving when shoppers began to make Christmas purchases, thus bringing the retailers financials into the black from the red.    On the other hand, there is also evidence of Black Friday in Philadelphia...

Guest Post: Jacqui Holmes, LA Fashion Concepts As boutique owners continue to grow and build stronger businesses, one of the first questions they battle is where and how to plan their buying in a way that creates the freshest product mix ahead of the market, but also, how to buy in the most financially efficient way possible. Today, the options for buying are vast compared to just a few years ago. Smart buyers are mixing their...

Each year as we turn the page into a new year, there is always the inevitable look back at the year passed, to see what changes and shakeups took place, to help us better plan for the shifts that we can predict will come in the new year ahead. As a boutique owner, wholesale vendor, or fashion industry insider, I would bet that you can see the writing on the wall with many of the...

I’ve often heard entrepreneurs described as squirrels who get bored easily, who have hundreds of ideas, and have a deep passion that drives to run from one tree or project to another collecting nuts, aka building something big. Looking back at the past year at The Boutique Hub, I can fully appreciate the analogy! We may even be a little nutty (pardon the pun). If you are taking the time to read this look back,...

How a vintage pair of wranglers sparked a career in fashion. Once upon a time, in the land of hairspray, rhinestones, colored denim, and shoulder pads (just kidding, that was before our time), I encountered a 5’3” rodeo queen with a big personality and a smile to match. She was strong, confident, and outgoing, but when I met her I could tell there was something more that made her unique. She was not the typical rodeo queen...