Our 70-Year Journey
Founded in the mid-1950s by Bessie Braid, The Boutique has been passed down through friends and family alike. In the 1970s, friends Felicia Morrison and Helen Ingle acquired it and ran it for 15 years. The two ladies decided it was time to retire and shut The Boutique's doors. Their friend, Jean deSaussure Smith, was devastated to hear the news. After discussing the prospect with her husband, she decided to buy The Boutique and keep the Charleston neighborhood store open to the public, revamping the inventory to match her own style and taste. Each Boutique owner has put their own personal flair in the shop, allowing it to evolve into what it is today.
Current owner Lois MacRitchie is continuing The Boutique tradition, emphasizing classic tableware, bespoke bedding and bath, and unique European gifts, which create an experiential atmosphere for locals and tourists alike.
- BILL THOMPSON, THE NEWS AND COURIER
“THE BOUTIQUE TYPIFIES THE ESSENCE OF ITS NAME: A SMALL, WITTILY APPOINTED SHOP FESTOONED WITH ITEMS DESIGNED TO ARREST THE EYE AND SEDUCE THE SENSES.”