Missy Whitney said she loves downtown Albany and has always wanted to open a boutique. Her younger sister, Rebekah, named the place, Whitney said, saying “it will always be my sister’s place.” Whitney’s husband, Drew, right, helps out a lot, Whitney said.
ALBANY, Ga. — There’s a new boutique in downtown Albany, open since “Black Friday,” and located in the old “Fastenal” building at the corner of Broad Avenue and Washington Street.
The proprietor, Missy Whitney, says her new shop, My Sister’s Place and French Vendors Market, is unique, with “a little of this and a little of that,” including home decor, apparel, jewelry, antiques and collectibles.
In addition to her own merchandise, Whitney provides rental space for up to 14 vendors, who contribute to the shop’s versatility. According to Whitney, business has been better than she expected for the time the store’s been open.
Whitney said she’d always wanted to open a boutique and the rents from other vendors “help pay the rent in the early days.” Among those items offered by her renters are the blown glass collection of Robbie Koch, “lampwork beads” by Vickie Churchman and the “Fab Diva” painted objects by Jazzmine Phoenix.
While searching for a business name, her younger sister, Rebekah Griffen, came up with one Whitney liked.
“It doesn’t matter what you call it,” Griffen said, “It will always be my sister’s place.”
Whitney’s husband, Drew, helps with “moving things around,” building and fixing things. In fact there are plans to introduce some “refurbished” furniture and original inexpensive furniture Drew Whitney plans to build.
Whitney has always loved downtown Albany, she said, and isn’t sure why more business doesn’t choose to locate there. She believes it could be a security perception.
“I feel safe here,” Whitney said. “I wouldn’t have a problem walking anywhere here at any time.”