Interview with Millstead Boutique
FINE: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Kristy: I have a 17-year history in fashion and I have owned my own
children’s store for the past 9 years. I started out in the Women’s Contemporary
World before venturing into the Children’s World and I am now back
in the Women’s World, which I love! I feel like I have a knack for merchandising
and styling clients.
My business partner, Pam, has a great sense of fashion and loves looking at
pieces from the runway and translating them into everyday life. She’s not
afraid to take risks and has a great love for fashion, which I love about her!
FINE: What inspired you to open this new boutique?
Kristy: It has always been a dream of ours to open a women’s boutique
where women feel good about themselves! After several years of being
asked by my Gigi’s Children’s Boutique customers to expand into Women’s
fashion, we finally did it! Pam has been a long-time customer of Gigi’s and
loves fashion so we partnered together to open this new venture and put
both of our personal styles and ideas on everything. We are thrilled to be
able to offer a contemporary and sophisticated boutique to the Naples
FINE: Where did the name come from?
Kristy: We wanted something unique that would stand out from the
ordinary and “Millstead” is Pam’s maiden name. It’s bold, strong and sophisticated
which describes our store and has a family meaning to it, which
I really like!
FINE: Are you still carrying a children’s line?
Kristy: Yes we still have our children’s section with Newborn to Girls size 16,
and Boys sizes up to size 8. We also have our baby gifting and accessories
and I still have my own line, Grace Addison Collection, which is being sold
at Millstead Boutique.
FINE: What has changed/stayed the same?
Kristy: Our staff has all remained the same from Gigi’s so the same friendly
faces that have been waiting on our customers for several years are still here
with us and ready to serve all of our existing and new customers. Customer
service is extremely important to Pam and I so we do offer complimentary
gift wrapping, shipping and we have a coffee bar so you can enjoy a coffee
while you shop and enjoy all our new women’s clothing!
FINE: Your new women’s clothing and accessories is gorgeous! Which
lines are you carrying and type of clothes (workout/casual/dressy)?
Kristy: Thank you! It’s been so much fun to pick out all the items with
our customers in mind and also to plan the store. We have something for
everyone from 30 years of age to over 65. There hasn’t been one customer
that has come in yet that we haven’t been able to find something for. We
carry all major lines like Saks & Nordstrom, as well as boutique brands that
are unique to our store and our area. We carry all categories from Yoga
wear, pajamas, lounge wear, and comfy casual, to dressy, club wear, dinner-
wear and even cocktail dresses.
With jewelry, we have the best jewelry and accessories! We offer jewelry
and gifting in all categories and all price points. Some of our jewelry is hand
made just for us with pearls and different types of metals.
FINE: As a wife, mom, and a storeowner, how do you stay on task? Do
you have a daily routine?
Kristy: I can’t take credit for everything! I have a wonderful business partner
that trusts me and my vision and who also helps to push me to be the
better version of myself. I also have an amazing staff that is so supportive
of my role as a Mom and a business owner, they are always there to help
pick up the pieces to make sure I don’t miss out on my kid’s school musical
concerts, baseball games and gymnastic practices. I also have a very supportive
husband and family. It truly takes a village and my Millstead family
is my village!
FINE: What are some of your favorite items in the store?
Kristy: That is such a hard question! We have so many favorite things!
Pam really loves our “Perle by Lola” jewelry. They are beautiful hand-made
pearl and beaded necklaces and bracelets that you can wear with anything.
We love to layer them! I really love our leather coated jeans and all the
different tops to pair with them! They have a zipper along the back of the
legs and are very stretchy and comfortable! They look good on every body
type and I’ve sold them to all ages. I just re-ordered more since we sold out
of them right away!