The Summit at Fritz Farm has new businesses opening every week, but it is already full of wonderful stores and restaurants, making it truly a destination to eat, shop and play. One of The Summit’s shining stars is Scout & Molly’s, owned by local business women Ami Bertrand and Terri Stein. The beautiful women’s clothing and accessories boutique has been open since late April.
With professional backgrounds and a passion for fashion, Stein is business development officer at Central Bank and Bertrand is the Principal, Program Manager for New York-based Nasdaq BWise. Stein has been in the banking industry now for over 35 years and Bertrand has been in the financial operations world for more than 20 years. The two friends have been working on opening Scout & Molly’s, a franchise with 100 stores in the making across the country, since early 2015, right when The Summit at Fritz Farm was breaking ground. The business partners decided that they would only locate their store at The Summit or it wasn’t meant to be. Luckily, with a lot of hard work, saving, business planning and perfect timing, their dream of opening a women’s boutique in the perfect location came to fruition.
The power women are both very dedicated to give back to the community and empower other women. It was important to them for their new business venture to showcase that dedication. “When creating our business plan, we wanted to have something for ourselves and our future, but we also love our busy lives and our careers,” Bertrand said. “We want all women to know they can do anything. Believe in yourselves, like we do,” Stein added.
The first Scout & Molly’s boutique opened in Raleigh, N.C. in 2002 by founder, Lisa Kornstein. The boutique is named for the founder’s two Labradors, Scout and Molly. Kornstein wanted to create a store where women would feel comfortable shopping. Now a popular destination for unique clothing, jewelry and accessories across the country, Scout & Molly’s is a fabulous place where women can find distinctive ways of expressing their style while getting an honest opinion from staff that feel like friends (they call them “scouts”). “Scout & Molly’s is such a special company made up of an amazing network of professional people,” Stein said. “Every store is unique and so is every owner. We love the operational support as well as the professionalism of the corporate team. All the owners like helping each other as it’s a true team effort. It’s a franchise, but its local!”
What’s even better is that this boutique is a one-stop shop, with clothes of varying price ranges that work for a wide variety of women from different age groups and sizes. Customers can find their favorite designers along with unique pieces that makes them feel beautiful and confident. “Coming into our boutique, you should feel like you are shopping in your best friend’s closet,” Bertrand said. “We strive to have different things that you won’t find many places. Our atmosphere is comfortable, relaxing and most of all fun.” When a guest visits Scout & Molly’s, the staff helps personalize a customer’s experience from the time they walk in the door, to long after they leave the store. The shop provides personal styling for its customers, whether it be for every day wear or a special occasion, and the store will buy specific pieces for their clients to be able to bring them just what they want.
A gal can find anything from workout gear, to business-casual separates, cocktail attire, evening gowns, handbags, fun accessories and more. They have a large variety of brands and styles, from casual to dressy. One of Scout & Molly’s more casual comfy brands is Elan and it ranges from $50-$120. “It’s a fun brand that is trendy without breaking the bank,” Stein said. “We also carry Black Halo, which is definitely for the working and more-dressy woman. It is a higher-end brand that is very Audrey Hepburn and ranges from $250-$350.” The store also carries a cool brand from Australia called Shilla which is gorgeous and classic, with a trendy twist; their clothes range from $100-$300.
Scout & Molly’s boutiques are merchandised with a simple rule in mind: “No style fits all,” which is why maintaining individuality while dressed in the latest trends is a necessity for all their customers.
“Mainly we love to have fun and we love to help women feel beautiful no matter what their shape or size,” Stein said. “All women love to feel beautiful and we want every woman to walk out of our store with a smile on their face. If we can help someone have an amazing day, we want that. It’s important to us both to engage and support our community and to make a difference in this world.” Bertrand added, “Make every day meaningful and beautiful.”
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