Sassy Paints Boutique

A year and a week of success and growth

September 8, 2011 // 0 Comments

Sassy Pants celebrates anniversary now offering more than ever Connecting with customers and meeting their needs is what Lynette TenBrink had in mind when she sat behind her desk at her corporate job. A “people person,” TenBrink felt she was missing her calling, although her job and benefits were all fine. Her friends and family told her she was nuts to consider walking away to open her own store, in Michigan, in a bad economy. She did it anyway. A year later the success of her shop, Sassy Pants Boutique, proves the single mom of three was right to take the plunge. The shop opened September 1, 2010, expanded to a new larger location in March 2011 and is now able to offer more of her “fun and funky yet sweet and girly” clothing, accessories, gifts and custom décor. Sassy Pants also recently launched their online store, where they are now able to offer many more items such as bedding and children’s furniture. TenBrink attributes her success with a can-do attitude, a lot of prayer, helpful mentors such as Kim Smith from Kimberly’s Boutique (who she calls her sen sei), and listening to her customers. Originally a strictly “tween“ shop, carrying only sizes 7 to 16, she heard often that her customers wanted smaller sizes, so she added girls’ and toddler clothing to her store. She then heard a need for baby clothing and gifts for both boys and girls, and she now carries that too! “All sizes are doing so well!” said TenBrink. “I am happy to listen to what my customers’ needs are and I do my best to meet them.” Recently chatting with moms of her tween shoppers, TenBrink heard how traumatic it can be for young girls when the time comes to buy that first bra. After several conversations with these moms, Sassy Pants began carrying a full line of bras by C.C. bras. They also offer custom bra fittings. TenBrink said the paperwork end of owning her own business is the most challenging and leaves her bookkeeping up to her accountant. Other aspects of being her own boss are much more enjoyable. She loves finding unique items for the store that can’t be found anywhere else around, and also tries […]