Meraki: (v.) To do something with soul, creativity or love; to put something of yourself into your work.
Our mission statement: We believe that every woman is beautiful. We believe that when women support each other incredible things happen. We want to empower you to look and feel your best.
What we do:
Meraki is a designer overstock boutique. We work with other boutique owners around the country to buy their overstock, as well as from boutiques that are going out of business. We buy our merchandise at a discounted price which then allows us to sell our merchandise at a discounted price. This allows us to help other business owners as well as offer better prices on incredible merchandise. This also allows us to have a larger, ever changing variety of brands and styles.
Currently most of our merchandise comes from Los Angeles; we have a good friend in the industry who is able to get us hard-to-find, highly coveted brands - many made in USA using environmentally responsible techniques. (We do have a few brands that we do direct wholesale with, but we are mostly designer overstock.)
About the owner:
Vanessa Harrison has been in the fashion retail industry for 23 years. Her first job was working at Express as a sales associate where she made $5.40 an hour! She went on to work at Nordstrom - the company she credits for her customer service skills - in Westchester as well as Charlotte, NC. At 26, she became co-owner of Pique Boutique in Rhinebeck, NY. She has been the store manager for multiple stores - Vince Camuto in Charlotte, NC, Benetton in Charleston, SC as well as smaller boutiques in NY, NC and SC. She has been a buyer for years and has attended shows from NYC to Atlanta, Vegas, and Los Angeles. Vanessa also worked for herself as a personal shopper throughout the years.
Vanessa has other passions besides fashion - animals, mental health and domestic violence are just a few of them. She has a non-profit to help women and children who are victims of domestic violence; her current project is a fashion show, "Style for Sanctuary" in which all the proceeds will go to help women and children who are victims of domestic violence.