By Bryan Horwath
American News, Aberdeen, S.D.
For people who like shopping, this week is like a retail-fueled bonanza.
From Black Friday to Small Business Saturday to Cyber Monday, if consumers have money to spend, there are plenty of options and businesses are competing hard for those dollars.
One business run by a South Dakota stay-at-home mom is offering a combination of online shopping with a local twist.
Samantha Miller of Houghton started running The Farmer’s Wife Boutique, an outlet that allows folks to shop both local and online.
“I started the business in July because I wanted to do something that would allow me to be at home with my family,” said Miller, who lives on a farm with her husband, fourth-generation farmer Nathan Miller, and the couple’s 1-year-old daughter, Hadalynn. “My husband always said that I have a clothing addiction, so I guess this was a way to do something I enjoy.”
The boutique specializes in trendy women’s clothing and accessories, Miller said, and features female-centered hunting gear and items and outfits for women of all ages, from teens to seniors. Miller said she ships all over the country and makes sure to attend a number of regional vendor shows.
“I try to carry a wide variety of items and we have sizes from small all the way up to 3XL,” she said. “It’s been really good so far. Supporting charities is also very important to me — we recently attended an amazing event in Turton called ‘Little Black Dress,’ which was created to provide funds to help support local cancer patients and survivors.”