Feature: Pearls & Chicks Boutique
By Lindsay Robinson, Owner
“Your shop is in a barn?” That is typically the first question I get from people when they learn of Pearls & Chicks and then it turns into, “That is the coolest thing ever!” Since I was a little girl my parents taught me to follow my dreams and that I could accomplish anything I set my mind to. Once my two boys were in school, I decided to do just that and make my dream of owning a boutique a reality.
Pearls & Chicks started out as an online shop and quickly gained popularity with local King William residents. Pretty soon customers were calling asking to try on clothes or come see things in person which I had no way to make that happen. My husband, Straughan, and I took one of the barns on our property that was being used as his real estate office/man cave you could say, and transformed it into two small rooms. I remember going to the local Dollar General and buying some sheets to use as petitions to keep his side of the barn separate. It wasn’t anything special and I remember thinking to myself how is this ever going to work? Who is going to show up to my first Christmas Open House in a drafty old barn. Well, my family, friends and new faces proved me wrong. It was a success and year after year Pearls & Chicks has grown into more than I could have ever imagined.
Fast forward six amazing years later and here we are. We have added onto the original barn structure twice (with the newest addition to be open by the Holiday season). Our biggest accomplishment to date is that we just won the Richmond Times Dispatch BEST Award for best local women’s clothing store. I cannot thank everyone that voted for my little boutique enough; you all are the BEST!
Pearls & Chicks offers a variety of women’s clothing, jewelry and home decor items. We carry brands such as SCOUT bags, SWIG tumblers, Southern Fried Cotton, Michelle McDowell and so much more. We even have brands for the guys such as Old South Apparel, Tailored South Hats and Duke Cannon products. The shop is constantly adding new products, all while sticking to our local country roots. We also love supporting other small entrepreneurs and local businesses as well.
I owe so much to my family, friends, and customers who have helped make Pearls & Chicks what it is today. King William is truly a great place to live, work and watch your dreams unfold. If you’re ever around King William, look for the sign out front on Acquinton Church Road and follow the gravel drive up towards the barnyard where you will see the red barn with the porch on the front. Yep, that’s right…we are in a barn and can’t wait for you to visit!