New store opens to offer a variety of clothing in Eatonton
If you’re a parent in Eatonton, you know how frustrating it can be to have to travel out of town to find clothes for you and your kids.
Andrea Mashburn, mother of four, has decided to provide a solution by opening her store at 234 N. Jefferson Ave., next to the Piggly Wiggly.
Mashburn said she decided to open her small business after growing tired of traveling to buy clothes and the limited selection of children’s clothes in Eatonton. From this weariness, Miss Mac Boutique was born in mid-December.
“It’s great to run to Milledgeville and I love to go get my Starbucks, but I don’t want to have to run to Milledgeville for everything and I think a lot of families are in the same boat,” she shared. “Every tax dollar that we can put in Putnam County will help Putnam County. It’ll help our kids, our schools, our roads and maybe we can get some parks. Every dollar we can keep in Putnam County is going to ultimately help us so much more than taking it to Baldwin County or Athens or Macon. We want businesses to come in, but we know that to do that, we have to support those businesses. We have to put our money where our mouth is. It’s great if you want it in town, but if you don’t go to it, they can’t afford to stay there.”
The new store offers a wide variety of new or nearly new clothing options for women, children and men as well as a maternity section. Mashburn said the store will update its inventory weekly with new products and help others in the area who are looking sell clothes that they no longer use.
“I wanted to be here, and I wanted to be in downtown to be where everybody is coming and going, who don’t think to stop here as most parents because you don’t think there’s going to be what you need,” she explained. “[Eatonton’s] only option is Walmart, we have a couple of ladies’ shops downtown, but they don’t have anything for kids. They have no maternity. They have very little plus-size. I carry all of that.”
Beside clothes, Mashburn says Miss Mac Boutique also carries shoes, cleats, sporting equipment, strollers and toys for parents to shop through for their children. She says she is happy to be back in retail and helping local parents find what they’re looking for.
“I’ve worked retail since I was 16. I was in retail the vast majority of my adult life. When my son who’s now 14 was younger, I started working in admin, but this has always been where my heart is,” she said. “I love helping people find something that makes them feel good about themselves. It’s a necessity. I mean we have to clothe ourselves but if it can help and not cost as much as it should. We want to be able to buy better things for our kids.”
“We all know it’s expensive raising kids, so it’s great to be able to offer that to people and say, “Hey we’ve got things at phenomenal prices that you can afford.’”
Miss Mac Boutique is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:30am to 5:30pm and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.