Southern Seed Boutique holds ribbon cutting

Published 10:20 pm Friday, July 15, 2016

Chamber of Commerce staff and Southern Seed Boutique employees join Dena Williamson, boutique owner, for the boutique’s ribbing cutting on Friday. The store has been open since November 2015. --Emily Enfinger

Chamber of Commerce staff and Southern Seed Boutique employees join Dena Williamson, boutique owner, for the boutique’s ribbing cutting on Friday. The store has been open since November 2015. –Emily Enfinger

After almost a year of being open, the Southern Seed Boutique had its ribbon cutting on Friday.

Storeowner Dena Williamson said the reason the ribbon cutting has been delayed so long is because the boutique has kept her busy with an overwhelming amount of success since opening in November 2015.

“As soon as I get [the merchandise] in, it’s gone,” Williamson said.

The store carries a wide variety of clothes, accessories and gift items.

“I have a rollercoaster of different types of clothes,” Williamson said.

“Everyone that comes into the boutique should find that perfect thing they are looking for.”

The styles vary from whimsical to vintage and modern.

Business hours for the boutique are Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The store is located at 615A Cahaba Road, next to Four Seasons Garden Center.

Williamson said the boutique was made possible from the motivation of her husband, Miguel Sanchez, who owns the Valley Grande Mexican Grill.

“If it was not for him, I would not have this boutique,” she said.

“I’ve always had a passion for fashion and décor. I just wanted to proceed with it.”

Sheryl Smedley, Chamber of Commerce executive director, said having new shops is important for the city’s economy, to keep shoppers interested in spending their money in the city.

“It’s an investment into the community and that means generation of tax dollars, which drives our community, quality of life, infrastructure and protection,” Smedley said.

Landon Nichols, Chamber of Commerce destination marketing coordinator, said local shops add interest for tourists, in addition to the city’s residents.

“Having dynamic retail opportunities really helps to bolster our tourist economy,” Nichols said.

“It gives people things to do and places to go.”

Being able to provide more shopping in Selma is a plus for Williamson, but more importantly, the shop is a means for her to spend more time with her two daughters. She said the logo, featuring two cotton blossoms, represents her two daughters.

Williamson said the boutique is a passion of hers to have and hopes one day to expand.

For more information on the boutique, visit its Facebook page or Instagram by searching Southern Seed Boutique.