Over the years my wife, Laura, started making handmade jewelry to wear when she couldn't find something she liked. Her hobby continued to grow into a large selection filling her jewelry boxes and closets.
Reaching a crossroads in her career after losing her job at a small local advertising agency, Laura decided it was time to pursue her dreams. With some encouragement, I was able to talk her into her first sales event at a local flea market. It was a beautiful day and we ended up meeting lots of wonderful people that were instantly fans of her work. Needless to say, I could not have been more proud of her accomplishments and a huge fan of her dream!
First sale display at a local flea market
With Laura's background being in marketing and business development, it didn't take long for her business to take off. We went from a few small 2'x4' pegboard easels of jewelry to a full blown 10'x20' portable store tent that became what is now Mountain Laurel Boutique.
Mountain Laurel Boutique as a mobile store
Our selection of jewelry quickly expanded into the thousands of pieces
In 2016 we wanted to further develop the Mountain Laurel Boutique brand into a full service boutique offering a range of gifts and one of a kind ways to pamper yourself. Laura began putting together beautiful winter knit hats, scarves and cowls for winter and fashion scarves with pendants for all seasons.
Soon after, we began to experiment with making our own bath and body products such as handcrafted bath soap. After a few short weeks, we realized that we failed miserably - soap artistry requires and deserves a specialized artist's touch. We started searching throughout North Carolina for the perfect source to fit our boutique. We agreed that our bath and body products had to be locally made, small batch and use only the ethically obtained, highest quality, natural ingredients possible.
After testing several products, we decided to source our products from a local professionally owned and operated handcrafted soap business. All this family owned operation does is specialize in high quality, handcrafted bath and body products. It was the perfect match, and in the spring of 2016 we introduced the first of our Mountain Laurel Soap.
Mountain Laurel Bath Soap makes it debut
As people became familiar with our bath soap, we had many requests to further develop a full bath and body line of products using the same care and consideration as with our handcrafted soap. Mountain Laurel Bath and Body is the perfect compliment to our overall boutique. Since then we have added a huge selection of locally handcrafted bath and body products, such as men’s beard oils, lip balms, sugar scrubs, lotions and even handcrafted wax melts.
At some point we outgrew our portable store tent and reluctantly decided to make the move from a mobile store attending festivals, flea markets and events to a permanent store location. With our experience across the state of North Carolina, it was not a hard decision to choose Brightleaf Flea Market in Smithfield, North Carolina. They offer a clean, well managed environment with a huge indoor year round flea market and an even larger seasonal outdoor vending space which combined make for one of the largest year round markets in North Carolina. Three to four hundred vendors attend on a good Saturday and Sunday and its conveniently located right off I-95.
Mountain Laurel Boutique New Store Jewelry Side
Mountain Laurel Boutique New Store Bath and Body Side
Our new store opened in late 2016 and has been a great experience so far. We have added thousands of new jewelry selections, and increased our handcrafted bath and body products to almost 100 fragrances in store, and over 170 available through our new website. While we continue to work hard to expand our selections, we are still committed to the fact that our customers are most important to us. We strive to bring the best and most affordable products to them.
Laura and I are constantly working to bring fresh inventory to the store every week. We want you to always find new things every time you visit! We hope that you visit our store sometime soon to say hello and to browse for that something special for you or a loved one.
We have had a significant increase in requests recently to provide our full range of bath and body products online. We often have customers that are traveling and want to be able to continue to purchase our products from anywhere they are. As a result, we have developed our new Mountain Laurel Bath and Body website to provide our full range of bath and body products. We continue to work on the website to improve the overall customer service experience, so please feel free to contact us with comments or questions at any time at email@example.com.