Chic, feminine and filled with vibrant colors are a few thoughts that come to mind when describing Maripoza Boutique and as their slogan will tell you "The Trends Start Here.” Offering everything from apparel to up-scale beauty products, and stationery the boutique located on 10th Street in McAllen's Presidio Plaza; is ideal to not only shop for yourself but for others (someone's birthday is always coming up). Owned and operated by community member Erica Elizondo, the boutique's door opened almost nine years ago and continues to be the place to go when looking for those one-of-a-kind pieces. Unlike major department stores, Maripoza Boutique offers the benefit of stocking a limited quantity of four to six cuts per style for each of their clothing items, thereby limiting the probability of wearing the same outfit or dress as someone else at a party (it happens!). Catering to sizes XS to XL in junior and women's, as well as a selection of plus sizes. There is no shortage of the possibilities of what you may find.

With new inventory arriving every week, there is always something new. According to Ms. Elizondo, 90% of brands carried by Maripoza Boutique are exclusively sold through the boutique in the valley area, further enhancing the boutique's exclusivity component of offering customers the benefit and comfort of owning something not readily available elsewhere in our area. Most recently the boutique has begun caring Khloe Kardashian's jean brand Good American, currently the only boutique south of Houston to do so. Impressively, the boutique even offers an in-store Wish List feature allowing customers to share their wanted items with friends and family, making the gift-giving process much simpler for others a service taken one step further by the boutique's lovely store wrapping.

Inspired to help every woman achieve their own style, the boutique is highly active on social media and post daily to showcase new arrivals and style outfits together as part of their commitment to encourage women to create and visualize their ideal outfit. If you think you may be fashionably challenged; don't stress; relax and stop by the boutique. The staff will gladly help you; no appointment required, with their online website the boutique's exclusive items are now more obtainable. The boutique's website offers customers the flexibility and comfort of shopping from anywhere without the possibility of missing out on an item before it is sold. As an extra perk, the boutique offers in-store pick-up for their online orders eliminating, shipping cost.

Maripoza Boutique is a passionate local shop partner in our community. For many years the boutique has raised funds for the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Empty Bowls event to provide meals for those in need. The boutique also carries cause-related products, further solidifying their drive to not only encourage women but also serve our community as a whole. The boutique's relationship with the valley's culture can be further seen through their yearly store events: one which takes place around Cinco de Mayo and the other in December for their Margaritas Under The Mistletoe event (margarita's served at both). In addition to their yearly store events, the boutique also boats Black Friday, encouraging customers to shop locally for sales.

I am certain you will find yourself pleasantly surprised with what you may find and I encourage you to shop local so businesses like Maripoza Boutique will continue to support local causes, which by extension uplifts our community. Visiting the boutique is worth your time, in the words of Ms. Elizondo, Maripoza Boutique customers "will have a great shopping experience because for us it's about customer service, it's about the quality of products that we offer and the offering of unique items you're not going to get anywhere else."