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BUSINESS FEATURE Agnes Belle

BY HANNAH ZEDAKER

Vintage Park home decor, gift boutique showcases southern style, hospitality I nstead of relocating with her company to Atlanta after Hurricane Harvey ooded her corporate oce in Houston in August 2017, Magnolia resident Monica Jordan said she decided to give in to her entrepreneurial spirit.

week—with the exception of Mark, who helps out seasonally in addition to his own full-time job—Jordan said she is unable to do in-home design; instead, she helps customers design spaces through photos. “It’s hard to nd home decor places that have nice items,” Jordan said. “You can go to big-box stores, but you see the same stu from block to block. I like helping people nd something unique that when they bring it home, they’re happy with it.” In addition to o-the-oor pur- chases, Jordan said Agnes Belle also has a warehouse full of inventory and oers free furniture delivery within a 50-mile radius. Jordan said the store also oers complementary gift wrapping, online shopping and pay over time options. In 2019, Jordan also launched a rewards program in which customers can receive $5 in store credit for every $100 spent at Agnes Belle. In the future, Jordan said she plans to add more small-business lines, such as one for pottery, to the boutique, as well as more storage and seating options. Additionally, Jordan said she is planning to launch a “Meet the Maker” series on the store’s blog, which will share the story behind each Agnes Belle product. Jordan uses the blog to share family recipes and home decor tips. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s fun, and I guess if you do something that you love, it’s just fun—even though it is a lot of work,” she said.

“We decided there’s no better time than now, and if we’re going to do it, then we just need to do it—like, maybe, this was our sign,” Jordan said. Jordan along with her husband, Mark, opened Agnes Belle in Vintage Park in July 2018. Named for her grandmother, Agnes Charrier, the home decor and gift boutique aims to showcase the Southern style and hospitality she remembers during summers spent with her grandmother in the countryside, said Jordan, who hails from Louisiana. “We have a wholesaler out of Ten- nessee for all of our furniture, and we currently support 16 small businesses throughout the U.S. where we get a lot of our products from,” Jordan said. “All of them are some sort of handmade, whether it’s our wooden signs, our wine glasses or our jewelry. I like supporting small businesses because they just put a lot more into their product, and there’s so much talent out there.” Lines available at the store range fromMilkhouse Candles and Southern EScentual bath and body products to Pampa Bay serving ware and Stippled Glass products. As Jordan is the only employee running the store seven days a

Monica Jordan named her home decor and gift boutique, Agnes Belle, after her grandmother, Agnes Charrier. (Photos by Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

MEET THEMAKER: STIPPLED GLASS Based in South Carolina, Stippled Glass is a line crafted by Melissa Zjaci. Hand-painted items include ceramic and glass mugs, plates, wine glasses, bowls, candleholders, spoon rests and coasters, available at Agnes Belle or through the Stippled Glass Etsy page. Agnes Belle oers an exclusive line of Stippled Glass mugs as each mug pallet is designed from an inspirational image. For more information about Stippled Glass, visit www.etsy.com/shop/ stippledglass.

Agnes Belle carries EScentual candles.

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Agnes Belle 130 Vintage Park Blvd., Houston 281-257-5841 www.agnesbelle.com Hours: Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thu.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. noon- 4 p.m.

Hand-painted Stippled Glass coeemugs are available at the boutique.

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