Businesses open, re-open: New women’s clothing store opens – Price Sun Advocate
For most people, owning a business is daunting. Thereâs inventory, scheduling, balancing other responsibilities, not to mention the seemingly endless paperwork. But for Brittnie Arroyo, that was always the dream.
âIâve always wanted to own my own business, as long as I can remember,â she said. And now, that dream is now a reality, with the opening of Twenty Two, a womenâs clothing boutique located in Price.
âItâs seriously like living on cloud nine,â said Arroyo, sitting on the floor of the boutique, looking around the small but jam-packed store. âSometimes I just sit behind that counter and I just have the biggest smile on my face because I sit back there and Iâm like, âOh my god, I did it.ââ
Arroyo did not necessarily have goals to open a clothing store, just a business in general. But when the opportunity arose to sell some clothes, on top of her full-time job and mom and wife duties, she jumped at the chance. After thinking it over, she decided to turn it into an actual business.
âIf I was going to open up a business, now was my chance and it was like a now or never kind of thing,â said Arroyo.
That was in February. Now, Twenty Two is in full swing, providing womenâs clothing at affordable prices, with nothing in the store priced over $30.
âI really think people are loving the quality versus the price,â explained Arroyo. âIâm not cutting a huge profit but at the end of the day, if I sell more then thatâs better.â
Itâs important to Arroyo for girls and women to have stylish clothes without breaking the bank, and also find clothes that are flattering for any size or body type.
âI want parents to be able to afford cute clothing for their girls,â said Arroyo. âKids are cruel and you shouldnât have to have a ton of money to buy these clothes and look cute and feel good about yourself. I think thatâs the biggest thing and thatâs why I carry all sizes. I just want women and girls to leave empowered like, âThey have my clothes, they have clothes that fit me.ââ
Arroyo only buys one, maybe two, of each size of a specific style, including plus sizes, and constantly has new inventory. âWe live in such a small town that I donât want to order tons and tons of the same shirt and then people be like [matching]. Some people care about that.â
Despite being such a brand new business, Arroyo already has preliminary plans for expanding Twenty Two, especially due to the recent closures of clothing stores in the area. She has asked around and, with the support of her already loyal shoppers, has decided that she will be expanding into childrenâs clothing next, still trying to keep her prices as low as possible.
âIâve told people, I can never beat Walmart prices,â said Arroyo. âI donât think any small business owner can beat Walmart pricesâ¦ Iâve posted [on Facebook] the kinds of kids clothes that I would be selling andâ¦ Iâve still seen a ton of support of wanting me to do kids clothes.â
Arroyo has already spoken to her landlord about expanding into the space next door to Twenty Two in order to increase inventory.
âIâm trying to grow as quickly as I can,â said Arroyo, acknowledging that places to find clothing are becoming sparse. âI really am trying to take a step back and obviously the need is there much quicker… I am hoping to expand as quick as possible. I know that Iâll probably go from womenâs clothing, include childrenâs clothing and then maybe menâs and stuff like that.â
For now, Arroyo is sticking with womenâs clothing, with some childrenâs pieces available soon online. For more information, and for store hours, check out Twenty Two on Facebook.
âEver since high school this is all I wanted to do was own my own business so itâs like it finally happened, I finally did it. Itâs like your dreams coming true, literally fulfilling your dream,â concluded Arroyo.