About Us - Sophia Boutique
We are a locally owned boutique featuring unique women's wear, shoes, accessories, home decor and wellness products located in Concord Township, Ohio next door to our partner store, Oscar Giovanni Salon & Spa. Our mission is to provide friendly, fashion-forward advice to help our customers find the perfect pieces to enhance their own personal style.
What We Offer
Sophia Boutique offers services that will surpass your expectations. The stylists in our store are available to assist you in making your best fashion choices, daily. Schedule a one-on-one consultation with one our personal stylists or simply take advantage of a personalized walk-in fitting during all hours of operation. We also have an in-house seamstress to assist you in any needed alterations services to make your couture fit perfectly.
What Makes Us Stand Out?
Our creative stylists are certified image consultants who specialize in enhancing our clients personal style by teaching them how to flatter their body and find their best colors. They also will teach you how to work with patterns to elongate curves and challenging areas. We believe all women should feel beautiful inside and out.
Cleveland City Voter Best in Women's Accessories and Best in Women's Boutique 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Smart Ways to Build Your Business
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Once you start searching, you’ll be surprised by how many free resources are available to entrepreneurs. Look to chambers of commerce, small business resource centers, your local chapter of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and microbusiness initiatives. These entities focus on making small businesses successful and often supply free and low-cost seminars, workshops, and business-building opportunities. A Chamber of Commerce membership can also help you expand your contacts through networking. Take advantage of small business mixers and other events that put you in contact with potential collaborators and clients.
Make Personal Connections
Big businesses don’t have the capacity to provide the same level of customer service as their smaller counterparts. Take advantage of that fact! Cultivate your clients with a personal touch, and consider interactions as an opportunity to build long-lasting relationships, rather than just making a one-time sale. Once you have a loyal base of happy consumers, you can ask for testimonials and referrals.
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Entrepreneurs need a positive, can-do attitude, a willingness to make personal connections, and a smart head for business operations. Being attuned to the needs of your customers and providing high-quality products and/or services can help ensure your longevity and success.