By LAUREN VINCENT
• Daily Leader
The previous shop called Girlfriend’s Boutique of 202 N. Kansas Ave. has recently undergone a myriad of major changes – from owner, to name and also location.
Leanna Ediger and Dana Hibbs were employed at Girlfriend’s when the previous owner chose to move on career-wise.
“She decided to put it up for sale, we talked about it and decided we would like to work together on it,” Ediger said.
On March 1, Girlfriend’s Boutique officially moved across the street to 209 N. Kansas Ave. and became Fashion Tree Boutique. Following, on March 11, they celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
“The Chamber has been great to work with,” Ediger insisted. “The moving process itself was like any moving process, it takes some time. But it was good, all went very smoothly. We have more space here, which has been great. And we have access to the back parking lot, which will be a big advantage.”
Ediger and Hibbs were both raised in the Turpin, Okla., area and hold a firm understanding of small town living.
“We do appreciate Liberal, and we’re glad we could stay downtown cause we feel like downtown Liberal has been and will be a good shopping experience for people,” she continued.
Co-owners Hibbs and Ediger strive to meet the shopping needs of all ages and a variety of style preferences by carrying lines unique to Liberal as well as some larger names.
“We try to carry lines that are not carried at other places in town,” Ediger said. “In clothing, we have quite a few lines that are only found in Liberal and they’re more unique, maybe more trendy to a certain degree, but yet, we have both to kind of support the younger as well as the older ladies that like to shop. We do carry Brighton products, which is probably a big draw for us here in town,” Ediger said.
Ediger summed up her step into owning and running a business with Hibbs as a positive experience.
“It’s just been, overall, very rewarding. The community has been so good at supporting us,” Ediger said in a thankful tone. “We have enjoyed having people come in and visit. A lot of our customers we’re getting to know very well. That, overall, has just been a really great experience – we can both say that.”