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Closer Look – October 2022

Alex & Ellie Boutique

Alex & Ellie Boutique opened to the public in October 2021 after successfully selling online for more than four years, gaining over 40,000 combined followers on Poshmark, Mercari, and Marketplace. Alex & Ellie is a designer resale boutique specializing in higher-end brands selling at affordable prices, with both new and preowned items available. Although they are primarily an online resale boutique, they are open to the public every first Friday of the month and during major events downtown. They also offer shop-by-appointment, seven days a week, with same-day shopping available. Besides offering quality designer handbags, formal and casual dresses, and unique gifts handcrafted by local artists — they also offer themed shopping parties. Owner Chrystal Meadows said “My goal is to offer a store where other local artists can showcase and sell their unique crafted items, as well as always showing support with recommendations to other downtown local businesses.”

814 E Broadway

That’s a Wrap

Opening their doors in January 2022, That’s a Wrap is excited to bring custom vinyl wraps to Columbia and surrounding towns. A few of the services they provide include; Commercial Fleet Graphics, Window Graphics, Vehicle Wraps, Chrome Delete, Roof/Hood Accent Wrap, and Custom Vinyl. Owner Kai Nickerson said he could not have pursued his dreams of being a business owner without the support of his family, who formerly owned and operated Taxi Terry’s. These custom wraps can be used for walls, windows, cars, trucks, boats and more. When asked what he feels his business brings to our community, Kai said, “I feel that we bring style, creativity and originality to Columbia. We can provide a wide variety of colors and even textures to make any vehicle stand out. We also provide wraps to promote businesses, they’re like mobile billboards!”

8450 E Trade Center Dr, Suites 101 & 102


Located in The District’s Wabash Alley, two doors down from Fretboard Coffee, you will find Hedda. Hedda is a shop and studio, providing sustainable and small batch clothing and objects through previously loved pieces, thoughtful small batch brands and their own in-house handmade clothing. Owner Heather Ripcse enjoys cruising estate sales and other secondhand places to find the best things to make available in her shop. “I want to influence the culture and make thoughtful consumption the norm, not the exception. There are so many beautiful and useful things that have lots of life left. Things used to be made better — we don’t have to live in a throwaway culture, there’s different ways of doing things. And it’s just fun,” said Heather when asked why she wanted to open this business. Heather takes pride in bringing a nontraditional shopping experience and supporting other artists through collaboration and providing a marketplace. She invites everyone in to say, “Hello!”

1023 E Walnut St, Suite 4


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