Nanabelle’s Boutique promotes feeling ‘good’ at any size

BY STACIE BOSTON
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
01/19/2017 08:15 AM
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Cherokee Nation citizen Jennie Marlin, 22, owns Nanabelle’s Boutique in Pryor, Oklahoma. The boutique offers clothing in sizes small to 3X. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Jennie Marlin, owner of Nanabelle’s Boutique, offers a variety of clothing at the boutique, including graphic T-shirts and jewelry designed by her. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Courtney Parker, of Pryor, Oklahoma, speaks with Nanabelle’s Boutique owner Jennie Marlin while shopping. Marlin said her boutique offers a broad range of clothing sizes in downtown Pryor. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
PRYOR, Okla. – Nanabelle’s Boutique in downtown Pryor has a mission to motivate women and assist them in purchasing trendy clothes that will help them feel “good” no matter their sizes.

Owner and Cherokee Nation citizen Jennie Marlin, 22, said her boutique offers a broad range of clothing sizes because it was “needed.”

“I started this boutique because I thought there was something we needed in downtown Pryor that wasn’t even being offered in other places,” she said. “I, as a plus-size woman, would like to look trendy, and I wanted to be able to do it and still be able to afford it, especially being younger and going to college. When you walk in you’ll be able to find everything in our store in a size small through 3X.”

She said after gaining experience as a part-time manager for a retail store she decided to “take a chance” and open a shop.

“I started a pop-up shop when I was 20 years old at a little event we had in downtown Pryor. I kind of got some good feedback from that, so I decided while I was in college that I was going to open up a little spot in the back of an antique mall. Then whenever I did that I got even more great feedback, and social media was really positive and I just keep growing and growing. So about 10, 11 months ago I opened here in Pryor,” she said.

She said she wants to help women feel “good” in their clothing. “I just kind of wanted to…create an environment where women can come in and shop no matter what size you are, what your budget is like and be able to find something trendy that you’ll be able to feel good in.”

She said her prices don’t fit the “boutique pricing range,” with the most expensive item being a $49 pair of jeans.

“I know when a lot of people think boutique clothing they think, ‘oh, expensive.’ We kind of want to stray away from that,” Marlin said. “The most expensive thing that I think we’ve ever carried was a pair of our denim brands and those were for $49. We do a lot of things like coupons and reward points. So we’re able to make it affordable that way people of any income can be able to come shop.”

She said something Nanabelle’s will offer in the coming months is the “Belle’s Box,” a monthly subscription in which women can pick their budgets, fill out their style profiles and new outfits or a couple of new items will be mailed to them each month.

“We’re going to have bronze, silver and gold levels. We’ll send them an outfit or a couple of items based off their style profile within that budget. So you’re kind of getting a personal stylist that’s mailed right to your door each month,” she said.

Marlin said her goals for Nanabelle’s have been “blown out of the water,” which led her to a second location in Coffeyville, Kansas, set to open in late January.

“So we’ve been growing a lot quicker than what I expected, which is a good thing, I’m very thankful for it. So that’s kind of how we’re able to open up our second location,” she said.

Marlin said she and friends are also working on a children’s store called the Hanger.

“There’s a need in a lot of places for children clothing, especially something that’s affordable because kids grow out of stuff so fast,” she said. “As soon as I get my Coffeyville location done I’m going to go full force for the children’s store. I’m excited about that.”

Marlin said she’s happy to inspire people to make their dreams a reality.

“I love that I have this platform that people can come in, and especially women can come in, and see what I’m doing and get inspired by it,” she said. “I was always told growing up, ‘figure out what you want and just go after it.’ So if I can kind of spread that along and help somebody…kind of achieve their own dreams too. I think it’s all worth it.”

Nanabelle’s Boutique is on south Adair Street and open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/nanabboutique.

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