Hillsborough welcomes the stylings of Robin Turner and the Say Put on Boutique. The ladies’s clothes retailer might be discovered on Churton avenue subsequent to the Hillsborough Habitat Restore. With a profitable profession in residential concrete, Turner has at all times dreamed of a life in trend. “As a toddler, I needed to be a clothes designer. I might draw sketches of sweaters, denims, and pants,” defined Turner. Starting as a part-time ardour, Turner traveled to pop up reveals and held personal procuring occasions from her own residence earlier than venturing to open her personal storefront.
Life for Turner and her household dramatically modified when it was found that her daughter, Samantha Piotrowski, wanted mind surgical procedure. “I used to be doing concrete for a dwelling and didn’t need to be on the highway on a regular basis,” mentioned Turner. Making the swap from residential to business concrete allowed Turner extra time together with her household and the chance to develop Say Put on. “I [had] been doing the boutique factor, however it was just a little bit right here and just a little bit there,” defined Turner. “After we received by all the things with [Samantha], [the shop] began getting busier and busier.” Working tirelessly to organize for his or her grand opening, the Say Put on crew spent many sleepless nights portray, wallpapering, staining, and hanging cabinets.
Opening their doorways on Black Friday 2020, Turner was overwhelmed with the neighborhood’s response and assist. “Individuals got here from in all places. It felt like a number of love on this place,” famous Turner. With the assistance of her daughter, cousin Carla Stewart, finest pal Lynn Clippinger, and mom Doris Turner, the boutique has grow to be a household affair. “My mother is often right here rather a lot,” mentioned Turner. “She’s retired and can sit and discuss with individuals. She loves it. That’s nice for me as a result of now I get to spend so much extra time together with her.”
Say Put on is greater than a clothes retailer for Turner; as a substitute, it’s a function. As a single mom, she has confronted many obstacles and frustrations. From parental alienation to the household court docket system’s failings, Turner has fought to carry consciousness to the problems. “Single mothers, that’s the place my coronary heart is,” defined Turner. “Say Put on was meant to be a clothes attire firm [where] single moms might purchase a T-shirt and inform a narrative.” Turner goals of making a specialty clothes line showcasing the true spirit of single mothers. She goes on to say, “my first t-shirt design [is] going to have a mother dressed up as Surprise Girl as a result of I believe that’s the closest determine to what a single mother, or any mom, can be.” Whereas Turner continues to work on her designs, she and her Say Put on crew deal with making a constructive procuring expertise for all ladies. “My aim is to have one thing for everyone,” defined Turner. “Whether or not you might be younger, outdated, a teen – I need you to have the ability to stroll into my retailer and discover one thing.”
Say Put on is among the many few companies to open a storefront amid a world pandemic. Whereas Tuner continues to battle the unprecedented occasions that’s COVID-19, her grit and fierce ardour for the Say Put on mission presses on. “In life, we typically reside the surprising,” mentioned Turner. “Dwell for at this time, love each other, at all times present kindness, preserve the religion, and most of all, by no means quit!”