Monday, August 31, 2009

A little about River City Boutique

River City Boutique is a family run business. We design and sew all of our cloth diapers, diaper covers, wet bags, cloth sponges and mama cloth. My mother and I started this online business last year when my son was going through a lot of medical problems and I was still in school. It got to the point where I couldn't stand to leave my son. I choose to drop out of school for the time being, I wanted to be able to provide as much of his care as I could. I had been using cloth diapers for a while. Most of the diapers, which I had been using, were not absorbent enough, and the fit wasn’t quite right for my son. I started sketching a pattern while I was still in school. Mom and I started brainstorming on fabrics and just how to go about this. We knew if we put our minds together we could figure this dilemma out. Soon this grew into our love of addicting fabrics and hours of sewing at a time.

We started testing our cloth diapers and diaper covers, and shortly after opened our website in July of 2008. At this time my mother lived and hour and a half from me so even though we had a business together we had to work apart. We now are able to work together. My mom moved back to this area in March and only five minutes separates us now. We both live in Indiana about 5 minutes away from each other.

Throughout the past year we have gained an online return customer base and figured it was time to move forward into our area. We have wholesaled into Malaysia two times now. We not only ship Nationwide but are willing to ship Worldwide as well. We are working on getting into doctors, midwife offices and hospitals so we can get the information about being more GREEN into our area. Another thing we want to do is work on wholesaling more. So we can offer our cute, mom made wonderful products to other stores. We have been doing art fairs and for 2010 we are planning a Natural Family Fair in our area. Since we are trying to expand we have also added to our product line and we are currently working on a pocket diaper.
We have a couple helpers and they are my sister and a family friend, they help with packaging and cutting fabrics. My grandmother also helps with blankets, cloth baby books and hand embroidery on occasion. She is really the reason my mother and I can sew and love to sew. Growing up I was taught by her and only went some years without really showing a creative side to sewing. Starting this business has allowed me to come back to my roots and realize what I have missed! I really hope to spread the word about being more sustainable and green to many new moms and all family who would like to help the earth as much as possible.