We had the good fortune of connecting with Constance Benham and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Constance, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I was not happy at my last job. I had worked in a boutique for 14 years and loved the atmosphere and people. Seeing me so discouraged most everyday my husband suggested I take over this boutique that was for sale. With many prayers we took the leap and bought it. It was furnished and had some inventory so we had to stock up. So glad I did it.
What should our readers know about your business?
I own and operate Suburban Girl Boutique. We are a womens boutique that specializes in all women. There will always be something for you if you are a size 2 or 22 and everyone in between. I’m one of the few boutiques in Cypress that carries plus size. I want all women to feel loved and wanted when they come in. I want to help you find that piece or pieces that make you feel beautiful. Nothing makes me happier than to see the smile on my ladies faces when they come out of the dressing room looking great and and feeling it. We also carry the wonderful candles that are made local by the sweetest woman. I try to find companies that are local or at least Texas made and women owned. We are also there to support. If you just need to talk or a prayer I am always willing to help in anyway. We try to give back to out community as much as we can as well. Last Christmas we collect over 4000 gently used and new books and gave to the teachers of a local elementary school so each teacher would have a good class set of books. We also helped the school nurse at that same school by collecting under ware and socks for the kids if they have an accident. Then we donated a new scholastic book wrapped for each child so they would have a gift to open. I’m always looking for ways to help the community. God did not put us on Earth to sit by and watch those in need, we are to be doers and helpers.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well depending on the time of year, The big places would have to be on that list. Rodeo, that sort of thing. We would get coffee at Land of a Thousand Hills and cafe Marrese. Have to go thrift shopping. I love the Guild on Dunlavy! Even though I own a boutique, I love to go to the shops on 19th st in the Heights. Jubilees is a favorite stop of mine. Oh, we would need a cupcake from Cowgirl Cupcakes on Barker Cypress and a drink or two from Crafthouse Bar and Grill. Lunch at The Bake Shoppe is a must. Dinner I would say would have to be Mexican and I love Pappacitos.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have a wonderful mentor. Her name is Vickie Lynn. She had her own shop for 26 years and I worked for her for more than 14 of those 26 years. She has a beautiful heart for her community and that is what I base my shop on. She is a beautiful soul!