Shanna Boges-Shealy has opened a new children’s boutique at 2822 Nottingham Way.
ALBANY — Sweet Potatoes Childrens’ Boutique has been open only about a week and the owner, Shanna Boges-Shealy, says she’s loving it.
While never before owning a business, she holds degrees in both Business Management and Business Law from Albany State University.
“This is my dream,” Boges-Shealy said, “I’ve always wanted to do this. I absolutely love getting up in the morning, coming here and staying late.”
Boges-Shealy said she wanted to bring something different to Albany in the way of “big city” clothing brands, so her customers won’t have to travel to find what they’re looking for.
“When my little boy was 2 years old, I had to travel a lot, going to Atlanta, Columbus or Macon, trying to find something different.”
Cute and quality clothing for boys is especially hard to find, according to Boges-Shealy, who came to realize the difficulty when she had a boy. Now she wants “make things kind of equal” between girls and boys clothing. She admits, though, that boys things are difficult to find.
“They just don’t make enough of the outfits,” Boges-Shealy said.
Along with her clothing lines, Boges-Shealy carries a number of “custom” items, including piggy banks and frames and little girls’ shoes with ‘bling.’ ”
Before Sweet Potatoes arrived, the 1,200-square-foot space at 2822 Nottingham Way, Suite 6, had been home to A&K Fashions, Boges-Shealy said.
Boges-Shealy found her spot with help from realtor Mary Carter of Murray Webb & Associates, she said. Larry Kirkland with Walden & Kirkland was also involved with the property transaction, she said.