Saturday, January 30, 2010

Mantra - Marcela's boutique in Mexico

Welcome to "Mantra" - our daughter-in-law's boutique
in Mexico

The shop was brand new in these pictures in 2005
She kept the windows covered with butcher paper until opening day.
What a delight it was to see her lovely, decorated shop windows!

My husband and I dropped in to visit our daughter-in-law's boutique this evening. Her shop is in Tecoman, Colima, Mexico. Four or five times a year... and more often if she can manage to break away Marcela flies to Los Angeles where she finds the most fascinating fashions. She has a real knack for what women like to wear. She even shops for certain ladies in Tecoman and then sends a "runner" to their home with three or four garments, ready to be tried on. Rarely has any outfit come back.

As I watched Marcela talk to her customers I felt a little like I was transported back in time... to my grandmother, Jean's store... the Treasure Shop. Marcela's sisters, mother and two aunts were in her shop along with several customers. It was fun to watch the action. Marcela was clearly enjoying her profession. I am in awe of her fine sense for fashion, her business skills and ability to sell.

Not much has changed in Marcela's shop since the pictures were taken other than to enlarge it. It's an exciting and demanding journey for Marcela. We are so proud of her!

Carmen turns 6 and does a good deed!

Our son, Lance with his family: Marcela, Carmen and David

We are so proud of our granddaughter, Carmen. Instead of birthday gifts she asked that her little friends bring a donation to help buy shoes for underprivileged children with foot problems. Nearly $1,000 was collected. Last year she asked for her friends to bring clothing for the children's orphanage in town. What a great gift Carmen's parents are giving her! The joy of giving!