Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Orange Park Boutique Has a Range of Styles

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Orange Park Boutique Has a Range of Styles

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Byline: DEBRA W. BUEHN

Brenda's Boutique has opened in Orange Park.

The shop, located in the College Place shopping center at the corner of College Drive and Peoria Road, carries boutique-style clothing for juniors and women at what its owner, Brenda Burns, describes as "affordable prices."

Burns, an Orange Park native who also owns the Merry-Go-Round consignment store, said she decided to open the boutique because there just was nothing like it in the area.

"There are boutique clothing stores in places like Avondale, but there was nothing here," she said.

The 1,100-square-foot store carries clothing in juniors sizes and for women from small to 2X, with style choices ranging from casual and cruise wear to business suits, cocktail and prom wear. Accessories include not just the usual bracelets, earrings and necklaces, but unusual perfume bottles, rhinestone tiaras, magnifying glasses and even a candle snuffer topped with a decorative frog. Handbags with seasonal themes, Red Hat apparel and even luggage can also be found at the shop.

Burns said one of her main goals is to offer boutique-style shopping, with labels such as Joseph Ribhoff, at an affordable price. By keeping her overhead and markup low, she said she is able to offer business suits starting at under $50 and handbags at $10.

And just in time for the holidays, Burns is offering free gift wrapping.

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A new Orange Park-based floral design and decorating business is staging its first show at The Riverdale Inn Bed and Breakfast over the holidays. Bluebell's Floral Design and Decorating officially kicks off its business with a show through Christmas at the historic inn, located at 1521 Riverside Ave., in Riverside.

Rather than just displaying some of their floral designs and decorative pieces, Bluebell's has gone into The Riverdale Inn and decorated its public areas from head to toe in holiday finery. Wreaths, Christmas trees, garlands, flowers, centerpieces and more will be available for viewing -- and purchase -- in a festive atmosphere. The style of the show allows Bluebell's a special way to showcase what it does -- decorate homes and offices for seasonal or special occasions, weddings or parties, said Janie Simpson, one of the three owners of the business. …

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