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Exploring Life & Business with Kayla Cameron of Kaylee


Today we’d like to introduce you to Kayla Cameron.
 

Hi Kayla, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I started my boutique when I was 17 years old because I had just graduated high school and was very unsure about what was the next step for me. I was planning on going to a college that I knew wasn’t the right fit for me and studying a major that I wasn’t excited about. I have always been interested in fashion and knew that is something I wanted to pursue at some point. My mom brought up the idea of me starting a clothing boutique in Pentwater. It was perfect because is a seasonal town and still works with the school schedule. Within weeks I had signed a lease and was ready to open for the summer. After a lot of trial and error, I continued to grow exponentially every year. Today, this has become my full-time job. I recently turned 22 years old and am opening a second location in August. 

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
A major struggle I faced since opening my boutique was dealing with having to rebrand my business. When I first opened in 2018, my boutique’s name was Mangoes. At the beginning of 2021, a very large company that shared a variation of this name sent me a notice that I must change my business’s name. I had to come up with a new name and change much of the aesthetic of my boutique to fit the new branding. Today, I am thankful for this because I feel much more connected to my business and the branding really reflects my personal style more. 

We’ve been impressed with Kaylee, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Kaylee is a boutique that focuses on providing young women with the same personalized shopping experience that other boutiques have for older women. When I was younger, I always wanted to shop small and really enjoyed the personal experience but there was never a boutique that truly was marketed for me or had the price point that I felt was appropriate or reasonable for younger women. Today, I really focus on providing that same quality without the crazy price tag. I focus heavily on the aesthetic experience within my store and want shopping at Kaylee to be a fun event for friends and family. I am very proud of how Kaylee has evolved into a high-quality boutique that provides a high-quality experience. I want the readers to know how important customer satisfaction is to us and how hard we work to make sure everyone is satisfied with their whole shopping experience. 

What was you like growing up?
Growing up, I was always into fashion and creating. I was always finding ways to make things, sell things, and just express myself. When I was little, I was obsessed with making duct tape wallets, and I would try and sell them on Etsy. When I was a little older, I started designing and sewing clothes in my room and would try to sell them to neighbors and my mom’s friends. Eventually, I designed a skirt, and another boutique in Pentwater let me sell it in their store. 

Pricing:

  • Most items are $50 or under
  • Some dresses and jackets are slightly over $50 but always under $60

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