By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Retail | Issue: April 2013
Nesting Necessities & Boutique owners Cari Bohannan and Susan Todd display some of their merchandise available, including this trendy top and a monogram that can be used to decorate your bedroom or any other wall in your house.
When their doors opened in downtown Claremore last November, Susan Todd and Cari Bohannan never imagined the wild success of Nesting Necessities & Boutique. The young entrepreneurs, who are self-described “do-it-yourselfers,” are excited at the reception they have received from the surrounding area and from women of all ages, including teens to women in their 70s.
However, their store’s success isn’t limited to area shoppers, who enjoy browsing and purchasing clothing and accessories, home décor, furniture and paint. “We’ve had buyers from as far away as California,” says Susan. “They see our postings on Facebook and call to order clothing and accessories from us.”
Maybe that’s because Nesting Necessities & Boutique not only offers a wide array of affordable merchandise – often only seen in upscale department stores – but they also offer sizes ranging from junior’s small to plus size clothing. “Our customers thank us all the time because of the affordable, trendy clothing we offer in a variety of sizes, particularly the plus size,” Susan says. “We’ve even had older women who have said they would never wear leggings, purchase a pair and come back to buy another pair or two. They really like them, especially to wear around the house for warmth.”
Customized jewelry, including the popular Harley & Maude vintage line, is another unique offering at Nesting Necessities. The custom-made jewelry, made in Chouteau, Oklahoma, is fashionable and fun.
In addition, the vintage-style store offers a vast array of home décor, from the traditional to the eclectic, including personalized items, like decorator pillows and steel and wood monograms to hang on your wall. “The monograms are very popular,” says Cari. “Customers purchase them to hang on the wall above their bed.”
Nesting Necessities also offers room-ready custom-painted furniture, using LaCraie premium furniture paint, a chalk-based paint that requires no preparation before applying. “It can be used to paint over virtually anything,” says Susan. “You don’t have to strip, sand or prime the piece before you paint.”
For the do-it-yourselfer, the store also offers the premium paint for sale in addition to a product called Glacage Embossing Crème, a refinishing texture medium used to transform furniture and cabinetry into fantastic custom creations. An acrylic, water-based texturing cream, Glacage mimics the look and feel of intricately carved wood and can be used over wood, cabinetry and previously painted furniture.
Furniture painting classes are offered monthly, usually on Saturday and in the evenings. “We love to take existing things and refinish and repurpose them,” says Cari.
The women will have a booth at the Ladies Lifestyle Extravaganza on April 6 at the Claremore Expo Center. They will also be participating in the “do-it-yourself” presentations during the event, demonstrating the Glacage Embossing Crème. “We are also organizing and participating in the Fashion Show at the Extravaganza,” Cari adds. “We will be providing models and clothing, along with approximately 12 other businesses.”
While the upscale business, located at 407 W. Will Rogers Blvd., is new to the community, it is earning a reputation as a fashionable place to shop, as well as a great place to purchase beautiful, inexpensive gifts. “A person can come in for a $10 to $15 Bunco gift or renew their wardrobe and home décor,” says Susan.
“We have something for everyone,” adds Cari. “Something for your wardrobe or your home at different price points.”
Whether you are shopping for yourself or for that special someone, Nesting Necessities & Boutique offers a unique experience in downtown Claremore. You can “like” their page at Facebook, www.facebook.com/NestingNecessities to keep up with the new merchandise as well as sales.
After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.