I stumbled into Bluetique a few weeks ago while exploring the Seville Historic District in downtown Pensacola, and realized I definitely needed to share it here! Located right in the middle of the district on Alcaniz St, Bluetique is a wonderfully curated boutique stocked with a great selection of stylish women's clothing and accessories, candles, as well as an adorable children's clothing section. With a lovely collection that boasts brands like Lilly Pulitzer, Three Islands, Elizabeth McKay, Julie Brown, and Grayling Jewelry, Bluetique caters to fashionable women of all ages who are looking to add a few fun and trendy yet elegant pieces to their wardrobe. They also have a killer sale rack in the back ;-)
When I popped in I was able to meet the talented owner, Laura, and her amazing mother and partner-in-crime, Susie. (Who, we realized, actually went to my alma-mater, Mary Washington! Such a small world..) This wonderful mother-daugher team opened Bluetique just over a year ago, and have been working together ever since. Not only do they have killer style, but they are also just lovely women. I went back in last week and sat down with them to ask them a few questions about Bluetique, and we ended up chatting and having the best time visiting.
Laura and Susie described their style as "beachy, coastal, bright, elegant, timeless, fun," which I would say aptly describes Bluetique. Laura recounted how her little daughter received a Three Islands dress from a family member up north a few years ago, and tons of Laura's friends commented on how cute it was. They wondered where they could find one for their own daughters, since there wasn't a store in Pensacola that stocked them...yet. Previously, Laura had run a home and garden store with her sister in Asheville, North Carolina, called The Gardener's Cottage, so she had plenty of experience in running her own store, and in March of 2013 she opened Bluetique. Both Laura and Susie describe the past year as an adventure in learning the ropes of owning a clothing boutique, but it is evident from the success of the store and the way these two interact that they are a great team. Laura recounted how she has always admired her mom's taste in both interior design and fashion, and how it has been a joy to work with her in the store, adding that she is fantastic at helping customers put incredible outfits together and she learns from her everyday. I loved seeing these two interact, and couldn't get over how special it was that they get to work together.
Another highlight of my visit was getting a real local perspective on Pensacola. It was fascinating to hear Susie describe how Pensacola is growing, and how small businesses are really making the downtown a more vibrant place. She described the energy downtown as more alive and stronger than she has seen it in years. Susie and Laura also had some great recommendations for restaurants and things to do, many of which I had never heard of. I am excited to try them all out and then share them here!
Over all, if you are in Pensacola and are in need of a new outfit for an event, a mother's day gift, or just a little shopping, I highly recommend stopping by Bluetique. With a lovely collection, and such warm and friendly service, you won't be disappointed. The Historic District is a great place to explore anyway, (it's actually one of my favorite parts of Pensacola), so you could even make an afternoon of it!
Bluetique, 212 S. Alcaniz St, Pensacola, FL 32502
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