When Tahnee Bussean noticed a gap in women’s and children’s clothing boutiques in Fresno, she didn’t hesitate to make a change.
With a background in hairstyling and passion for fashion, Bussean followed her aspirations of owning a clothing boutique. Now, as owner of Kisch Women’s & Children’s Boutique and Shabby Abby Boutique, Bussean is a powerhouse businesswoman and mother of two young children.
“All through high school, I worked at two different boutiques. I worked at one of them for over five years,” Bussean said.
When she graduated high school, Bussean went to cosmetology school. She was finished by the time she turned age 19.
At first, she said, she was just going to open a children’s clothing boutique. But she figured opening a women’s and children’s clothing boutique would attract a larger range of customers.
It was “the best idea ever,” Bussean said.
Bussean said her clothing boutiques are a one-stop shop for busy moms who want to shop for themselves and their children. She opened her first boutique in partnership with her mom. It was located in a space adjacent to Spectrum Salon and Day Spa at Herndon and West avenues.
After outgrowing the original space, she opened Kisch Women’s & Children’s Boutique on Sommerville Drive in northeast Fresno.
“I started looking at a lot of spaces when I was 8 months pregnant,” Bussean said. “I told my mom we were opening a bigger store.”
Achieving success at Kisch Women’s & Children’s Boutique gave Bussean a boost of confidence and encouragement to open a second location. When a space became available in River Park Shopping Center, she didn’t hesitate to jump on board.
Enter, Shabby Abby Boutique — a sister store to Kisch Women’s & Children’s Boutique.
“I was so happy I waited because my broker called when my daughter was two months old. And I was like, ‘Here we go again with a newborn baby and opening up another store,’” Bussean said with a laugh.
In order to become a tenant at River Park Shopping Center, Bussean had to come up with a business plan for Shabby Abby Boutique.
“I still can’t believe I have a store in River Park [Shopping Center],” she said. “I feel so honored. It’s a great center.”
Similar to Kisch Women’s & Children’s Boutique, Shabby Abby Boutique sells various sizes of clothing for women and children. For women, sizes range from small to 3x; for children, sizes range from newborn to size 5.
Both boutiques carry merchandise for baby showers like blankets, and onesies for boys and girls. Customers can also find trends like lace, plaid and distressed denim. There are also accessories like statement necklaces, hoop earrings and charm bracelets.
Bussean makes a point to carry comfortable, yet fashionable clothing.
For women, she carries edgy, trendy brands like Kut From The Kloth. The bohemian-inspired brand is known for selling designer denim. Prices range from $79 to $98.
“Our main focus is good quality, good clothing lines that are at great price points,” she added.
For children, parents can find notable brands like KicKee Pants, Peaches ‘n Cream, Oh Baby Couture and Coccoli.
Bussean thinks her background as a hairstylist gave her knowledge to know trends, but also customer service.
“I love that between the two industries you build relationships with your customers,” she says. “We know our customers really well.”
Bussean makes sure she trains her staff on trends and styling, but also in providing a unique shopping experience for customers.
In owning a business, Bussean said setting short-term and long-term goals is an important aspect. Her goal is to open more women’s and children’s clothing boutiques.
“When you have dreams, don’t ever give up until you accomplish them.”
SHOP UNTIL YOU DROP: Kisch Women’s & Children’s Boutique, 9505 N. Sommerville Drive, Fresno.
Shabby Abby Boutique, 7845 Via Del Rio, Fresno.