The next time you're cruising on the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) near exit 31B, take a quick detour by exiting off the ramp, then make a left onto Kenwood Avenue and take a peek inside Bliss Boutique: a quaint shopping destination owned by Cyreeta Curbeam. You’ll be greeted by delicious scents, amicable staff and racks of current fashions. I had the pleasure of visiting the boutique on its opening day, got an opportunity to meet the owner and left with the most wonderful “one-size-fits-most” tank I have ever tried on; it is soft, stretchy and simply amazing.
Cyreeta was kind enough to take some time to engage me in a question and answer session, where I discovered the inspiration that fueled Bliss Boutique and learned more about the blissful items she carries.
What inspired you to open Bliss Boutique?
It was a pleasant surprise, actually. I started out with a very specialized type of retail business which was also geared towards women, but it narrowed my target market. When that idea didn't work out, I just thought, 'What better way to cater to a broader spectrum of women than to open a fashion boutique with great affordable merchandise?’ And thus, Bliss Boutique was born.
What is the approximate price point for most of the items you carry?
$20 - 90. My goal with Bliss Boutique is to provide very affordable quality fashions for individuals like me that shop on a budget. I'm always looking for good deals, so I figure why not provide them.
When was the official opening of Bliss Boutique?
Our first official day of business was June 24, 2010, but by then we had already established a small customer base. By offering private preview sessions for friends and family via Facebook, we began to draw in our VIP Bliss guests. Ladies were able to make an appointment to come in, be among the first to preview the boutique & the merchandise and put items on reserve for opening day. It was a great way to get a head start, and now we have our elite VIP guests who will forever receive royal treatment.
What was that yummy smell we were greeted by when we entered the boutique? Is it for sale?
That was the sweet smell of Lavender. We not only offer fashions & accessories at Bliss Boutique, but we also sell candles and bath & body products. Our current signature scent is lavender. The HeART N Honey line of bath & body products is homemade by a young lady named Sherria Green. The line includes bath teas, scented Shea butter (made of all natural products), and tea tree cleansing oil.
What distributors or designers can we expect to see as staples in your store?
See Thru Soul is our primary line for denim, and we offer an array of other lines from New York and L.A. for all other fashions.
You mentioned that the unique hand-made headbands you carry are made by a local Baltimore designer. Will you offer other local designers the opportunity for placement in Bliss?
Yes, the Hawte Headbands are hand-crafted by a young lady named Ebony Nelson, a native of Baltimore. We also feature Hard Candy Couture by Carmen Cameron, which includes vintage jewelry embellished with Swarovski crystals, hand-painted glassware and hand-crafted picture frames. Lastly, Taliah Somone provides a line of fabulous Brazilian-made comfortable flip-flop sandals embellished with trendy trinkets, studs, bows and Swarovski crystals that are fun and perfect for the ladies to take on their vacations this summer. We also have a new team member coming onboard very soon. Marsha Cowan is a very talented seamstress and designer who is going to bless us with her swimwear line. We are always looking to offer local designers the opportunity for placement in Bliss Boutique. I love supporting talented individuals from my hometown of B-more!
Where did you find those amazing one-size-fits-most tanks and will you carry more items like them?!
The Amazing Stretch Tanks, as I have actually termed them so it's funny that you use the word 'amazing', are from L.A. Aren't they just wonderful? Every girl should have at least one. They are definitely an item that we will carry for quite some time. They fit like a glove and hold everything in while stretching to fit all types of curves at the same time. What more could a girl ask for?
Visit Bliss Boutique on the web at www.blissbaltimore.net for regular store hours and to view weekly arrivals, as well as stay tuned for information about Bliss Boutique’s official grand opening event.
Bliss Boutique ~ 4419 Kenwood Avenue ~ Baltimore, MD 21206