It’s been three years since Kristina Kaoud, a busy wife and mother took a leap of faith and opened her own boutique in Orange with the belief that, “if you build it, they will come.”
Material Girls Boutique opened its doors on Black Friday in a small space at the side of Kristina’s husband’s store Kaoud Oriental Rugs at 463 Boston Post Road, next to Pet Supplies Plus.
She carried some pretty costume jewelry, scarves, handbags, and some children’s items, and as the word spread about her shop, she expanded the store space and began bringing in more items that customers were requesting, among them, high end jewelry.
At Material Girls, you will see the same friendly faces all the time. Kristina and her staff (of 2) are knowledgable and more than happy to help you find the perfect items to accessorize an outfit or to give as a gift. Men especially appreciate the extra help.
The store has recently expanded again, counters have been moved about making it easy to navigate around so you don’t miss anything.
One of Kristina’s passion is helping charities, she hosts “Girls Nights” with wine and/or coffee, depending on the crowd and offers discounts. For several years, she and her husband Jim, at Kaoud Rug, have been collecting toys for the Yale-New Haven Children’s Toy Closet. This year, they were pleased with the amount of toys that they were able to bring in, but Kristina really wants to collect more because she truly cares about the children who will receive them.
“I’m extending the toy drive to Jan. 27 and hope that people will bring in all the new, unwrapped toys they can,” she said. “Sometimes children get duplicate gifts at Christmas and parents don’t know what to do with the second one. This is a great opportunity to brighten a child’s day as they stay in, or visit the hospital for an illness.”
Material Girls is having a 3rd Anniversary Sale this weekend beginning Thursday.
“We’ll have drinks, sale prices, raffles and fun,” she said. “People can get a jump on their Valentine’s Day shopping, too.”
Come out to Material Girls and wish Kristina a Very Happy Anniversary.
Anniversary Hours are Thursday, Jan. 16 6-10 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 17, Saturday, Jan. 18 and Monday, Jan. 20 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 19 12 – 5 p.m.