Sweetlees Boutique offers affordable fashion for all in Greater Lansing area

Cori Thackery always wanted to own a clothing shop. A place offering clothes that were both beautiful and trendy to women of all shapes and sizes. So when she quit her job as a reading teacher, she decided to give the idea a whirl. And Sweetlees Boutique was born.

At first she ran the business online only, offering a selection of carefully curated items she sourced from all over the country. But soon enough the business was taking over her home, and space became an issue. Then there was the issue of customers who wanted to try things on before they made purchases. Thackery says she was constantly having to turn down requests because she wasn't comfortable inviting strangers into her house. It was time for a brick and mortar store.

"I love Mason." Thackery says. "We live here, and so it just made sense to open the store here." And the decision has paid off. "The community has been so supportive of my business, it's been amazing. It's become more than I could ever imagine."

Sweetlees Boutique offers a gorgeous array of clothing in a wide variety of sizes. "We carry all sizes because everybody should be able to look to look good, no matter what size they are." Thackery explains. And the models in her online store are a testament to this philosophy. Local women from the community, many of them moms, show off the Sweetlees collection in Thackery's flattering online pictures.

But clothing isn't the only thing you'll find at Sweetlees. Thackery carries jewelry and other accessories, including Jenna Kator handbags - a Michigan native whose collection of purses and handbags are all names for Michigan locations (there's even an Old Town Lansing bag!) She also offers perfumes, lotions and candles with sassy names that make great gifts.

The boutique opened in January in downtown Mason, and the formal ribbon cutting was held in March, by the Mason area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors.

Source: Cori Thackery, Owner, Sweetlees Boutique

Writer: Sarah Hillman, News Editor


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