May 27, 2014 at 6:50 AM
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Watch out Abercrombie, Hollister, and Aéropostale: There’s a recently opened, independently owned shop in Berkeley Heights that caters to tweens and teens. Summer's Boutique features clothing from established and up-and-coming brands for girls (as well as women).
Opening the boutique came quite quickly for Carol Huber of Warren, who owns and operates the shop. "When we came up with the idea, I wanted to have a bond with my daughter to pull us together," said Huber.
Huber's 14-year-old daughter, Summer, is the name, idea and the fashion behind the boutique. "This is how we started -- my daughter loves to try on clothes," Huber said.
I Googled how to start your own clothing boutique, joked Huber. "I contacted wholesalers in New York City in the Garment District," said Huber. Summer and a few friends were given the fun task to pick their favorite pieces from the popular designers.
The inventory selected include popular hipster style brands: Free People, So Nikki, Vintage Havana, Chaser and bikinis by Bikini Lab.
The moderate price range allows the young shoppers to put together outfits that won't break the bank. Summer's Boutique is priced 10 to 20% below retail.
Summer's Boutique is located at 425 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights. Store hours: Tuesday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.