Owl Bee boutique helps ‘put Mantachie on the map’


Brianna Barnes

Ding. Ding. Ding. The bell on the door, signaling when a customer enters, is a constant background noise inside the boutique.

“I usually come to Owl Bee at least once a week,” said customer Morgan Gillespie, who said the Mantachie boutique sells clothes she likes.

Business partners and best friends, Emily Spradling and Amber Beasley, run the store that has been open for two years. Both stay-at-home moms wanted careers of their own, so they decided to open the boutique.

Spradling said it was a dream come true.

“I tell my daughter that she can be anything she wants to be, that there is no limitation on what she can accomplish,” she said. “I needed to show her that.”

IMG_8031Weeks after deciding to open the store, they found a building to rent and started the paperwork.

“We felt the need to open a boutique that had reasonable prices and a friendly staff,” Spradling said.

Judi Beth McMillen has been an employee of Owl Bee for more two years.

“Amber told me they were going to open a boutique, and I told her as soon as she did, I would love to help, because I love boutiques,” McMilllen said. “I love getting to meet all of the people and seeing the smiles on peoples’ faces when they try something on that makes them feel good about themselves.”

McMillen says her bosses are laid back, but know how to run a business.

“They have really good fashion, and they listen to our suggestions about what we should have in the store,” she said.

Spradling said she’s proud of the store’s success.

“If Owl Bee went under tomorrow, I would be happy with what all the store has accomplished,” she said. “I feel like we have helped put Mantachie on the map. Owl Bee has shipped to almost all 50 states, and we have even shipped overseas.”

Owl Bee is on the social media sites, Facebook and Instagram. Multiple photos go up daily of new arrivals, and customer comments accumulate on each picture. The owners say social media sites have helped business.

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