North Dundas native aims to put Chesterville on the map with new storefront Bowman’s Once or Twice Boutique

Above, Bowman's Once or Twice Boutique owner, Shannon Bowman, shows off a few of her formal attire pieces. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Kelsey Smith
Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — North Dundas resident Shannon Bowman grew up in Chesterville and wants to see her hometown “put on the map”.

“With all the new and big things coming to Chesterville — the new MacEwan’s building, cannabis factory, etc — I’d like to add and help bring more attraction to my hometown,” said Bowman.

She decided on this type of shop because she knows what it’s like to live a busy life. Trying to balance and juggle working full time, being a mom, running errands, sports, school trips, keeping up a house and volunteering in her community.

The new business owner explained that, “It doesn’t give much time to run into the city all the time to shop for nice brand names items.”

“As we know there is demand for this in North Dundas with all the young families moving out this way who are also busy, it would get an accessible option and easy opportunity for them,” she continued.

Bowman is not only looking at this from a business standpoint but as a charitable cause as well.

A portion of the proceeds from her shop will help fund Making Prom Happen Project in North Dundas — an initiative that helps cover the costs of Prom clothes and accessories for teens and families in need.

“Prom is very expensive to buy all the luxuries for this one day, I know first hand as I have a teenage daughter. I believe that every teen should get to celebrate one there biggest accomplishments in their teens — Prom — and I’m hoping to be able to make that happen even if it’s just for a few young ladies and gentlemen!” she exclaimed.

For the time being the boutique will carry men’s and women’s clothing size XS to 2XL, including shoes and other accessories, in a wide variety of colours and brand names. Prices will range from $1 to $40.

Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

“If there is a demand/need for kids and I receive support from the community I will gladly add it to my boutique!” the Chesterville native added.

Can’t make it out to Chesterville? No Problem! Bowman’s Once or Twice Boutique will also offer an online shopping option!

The online option will be available after her Grand Opening, March 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 13295 Droppo Rd, Chesterville.

The store will be open Wednesdays 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and of course online beginning March 3, after opening day.

“I want to make that clear,” says Bowman. “I will not be posting for shopping online until after my opening day Saturday, March 2. I will open more days and hours once thus lifts off and I see the need and demand.”

Her big dream is to open a storefront in another building, somewhere down the road, perhaps?

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