Green Apple takes bite out of boutique market

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Opening last November, Green Apple Active Lifestyle has become the community’s “sporty-chic” boutique.

Opening last November, Green Apple Active Lifestyle has become the community’s “sporty-chic” boutique.

Green Apple Active Lifestyle Boutique opened in last November and is striving to be the community’s premier “sporty boutique.” Green Apple Active Lifestyle Boutique is striving to be unlike any other boutique in the Midwest. Green Apple not only sells apparel, but provides informative classes.

Having no partner or employees, the store’s owner, operator and buyer, Shelly Petrowski, has had to find a balance between home life and family life, but with the help of her family and friends, she has been able to build her store from the ground up along with meeting all her monthly goals.

Petrowski hopes to make Green Apple the gathering spot for those who are on a journey to evolve in body, mind and spirit.

“I’m all about living comfortably, happy and healthy,” Petrowski said.

Green Apple Active Lifestyle Boutique features a selection of the top names in active lifestyle clothing and loungewear, transitional pieces, jackets, boots and bags. It also carries clothing made in the U.S. along with organic apparel. Petrowski tries to stray away from selling things one would find in a department store and instead is bringing clothing in from the West coast.

“I love being able to share my passion for fashion with others,” Petrowski said.

Owner Shelly Petrowski showing a local customer what is new in the store.

Owner Shelly Petrowski showing a local customer what is new in the store.

Petrowski is trying to get the community involved as much as possible. In the back of the boutique, Petrowski has set up a studio where she hosts a series of related classes and events every month that are free to the public.

“The classes are both fun and informative,” Petrowski said.

Last month, she brought in yoga instructors from local yoga studios to teach a class every Saturday.

Along with classes on the weekends, Petowski also has started a book club and created a membership called Green Apple Active Ladies. Members receive a free pedometer and take part in a pedometer challenge created by Petrowski. After walking 300,000 steps, members earn a 30-percent discount on an item at Green Apple that month.

This summer, Petrowski hopes to get a group together to meet at the boutique and walk once or twice a week as a community. Petrowski has dreams of one day opening Green Apple cafes and spas, but for now is perfectly content with her boutique for the active and stylish on-the go woman.

What: Green Apple Active Lifestyle Boutique

Where: 4335 W. 106th St., Suite 1200

More info: Call 802-9920 or visit www.greenappleboutique.com

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