A husband’s birthday wish wasn’t for himself.
Rather, it was for his wife to use her creativity to open a boutique.
And that’s the start of the story of Happen, a home and gift boutique in The Village at Sunriver.
Sierra Gealon and her mother, Gretchen Weaver, are the co-owners of Happen.
They invite community members to attend the boutique’s grand opening 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. There will be a ribbon cutting at 5:15 p.m. along with a chance to win a gift card to the store. There will be a discount on items for local community members.
Back to how Happen happened.
“My children and I took my husband to breakfast for his birthday, and he made a wish for me to start a business,” Sierra, 32, said. “We went for a walk in The Village and saw the store front near Hot Lava Bakery was available. He said to me, let’s make this happen.”
A builder of custom homes, Ikaika Gealon helped her design and build the store’s interior.
“My mom and I always wanted to do something together,” Sierra said. “My sister makes jewelry that we sell at the store and my mom makes custom handbags.”
Warm and cozy, the store has something for everyone and every occasion. There are candles to cards, infant clothes and children’s toys, glassware to vases and linens to baskets.
“Every item has a story because my mom and I carefully consider what we want to sell, making an effort to sell locally made items along with items made by women or women-owned businesses,” Sierra said. “We are planning on having holiday items in November.”
They also plan to have workshops such as how to make a wreath, how to wrap gifts, holiday decorating, flower arranging and ideas for table settings.
“My mom and I always dreamed of opening a boutique together,” Sierra said. “We want to be a part of the Sunriver community where locals can find unique, meaningful and heirloom gifts or for their own homes.”