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JAN-FEB 2019

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Jan/Feb 2019 • 13 J ust two years before opening Sapphire on Spring, Angela Gore had sold a boutique. After many years running and buying for her stores, Gore thought she had retired from the boutique business, but she couldn't stay away. After finding the perfect location in Jeffersonville, Gore opened Sapphire on Spring six months later. The boutique is just one of the many local businesses con- tributing to Jeffersonville's growth. "I felt like Jeffersonville was on the verge of really taking off and they really needed a boutique," Gore said. "The per- fect building just happened to be for sale, and the rest is history." Sapphire on Spring has now been open for three years. Gore's inspiration was to create a continuation of her pre- vious store that she owned in Madison, Indiana, which had "something for every- one." The boutique sells a variety of prod- ucts and brands. "There is something unique about each line that I carry," Gore said. Sales associate Hannah Enlow said their variety makes them stand out in the community. Some of her favorite brands include Elon, Clara Sunwoo and Les- say. "They have the best quality and al- ways perform really well." Their quality may help the shop stand out, but Enrow said it's just one of the factors contributing to Sapphire on Spring's distinctiveness. "The uniqueness of the clothing, the prices [make us unique] ... there's a lot here and it's growing, but being a boutique in this area is pretty unique," she said. Enlow said they also cater to age groups from juniors all the way up to se- niors. Enlow described a very family-ori- ented environment, which she said is one of the reasons she loves her job so much. "My mom works with me, too," she said. "Angela is a really good fam- ily friend of mine and we're all just close, which really helps with the work environ- ment." Gore and Enlow have both wit- nessed tremendous growth in the Jeffer- sonville area since opening the shop. "Since opening the boutique, I've witnessed at least eight new restaurants or retail stores open," Gore said. "It's ex- citing to be a part of the development of downtown Jeff." Enlow said they stay very involved in the community and see it as an all- around win for their customers, the com- munity and the boutique. "We really try to be involved in events, and we always have really good deals on those days, so it really helps us and them," she said. A new venture for Sapphire on Spring is an online shop. Gore originally decided to expand by opening a second store in New Albany, but she quickly real- ized there was a different way to expand. "I feel like online shopping is quick- ly taking over the market, and I wanted to offer a more convenient way to shop for our customers," she said. As described on the website, Gore "wanted to create a place where women of all body types could come and find fashionable, trendy styles for less." "Women want to play around with their looks and try on different style iden- tities without breaking the bank," she said. Sapphireboutique.com allows them to do just that, plus they ship all around the world. All of their online items are available in the store as well. Gore and the staff study trends and work to find affordable options, hand- picking pieces to stock the store. They also offer sizes ranging from extra small to extra-extra large. "We have a very big selection of unique clothing," she said. "We travel all over the U.S. searching for unique afford- able clothing." Gore said her biggest accomplish- ment is seeing the same customers return over and over again. As far as future goals, Gore wants to continue growing not only in the store, but also online. Regardless of their shopping methods, she said she wants customers to feel as if they've just spent some time over at a good friend's house. "We really do love our customers — we see some of the same faces in the store every week," she said. "Sometimes they just stop in to say 'hi' after walking the bridge." Sapphire on Spring's fashions are also affordable. Nearly all of their styles are under $100. "I always want people to know, you don't have to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks," Gore said. • For more information, visit sapphireboutique. com or check out their Facebook page at sap- phireonspring. The shop is at 326 Spring St. in Jeffersonville and is typically open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Angela Gore, Owner of Sapphire on Spring

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