Monie’s has been in business in beautiful downtown Red Lodge, Montana since 2003 and recently opening a second shop in Cody, Wyoming last year. Monie and Brandon Harrison are the owners, operators, buyers, and friendly faces you’ll see as you walk through the doors of their shoppes. Monie’s is the local source for on-trend tops, jeans, shoes, and accessories.
At first glance, you can tell that Monie’s Unique Boutique isn’t your run of the mill clothing store. It’s a snapshot of the West paying homage to both her and her husband Brandon’s agricultural roots. It is a two-location enterprise that Monie and her husband Brandon have grown from the ground up. Woven into this business with its rhinestone encrusted shirts or the easy breezy Bohemian inspired tops, you’ll find a heavy dose of sweat equity that the Harrisons have put into both of their boutiques in Cody and Red Lodge.
The value of a hard day’s work is something both Monie and Brandon were taught at a young age. Both were raised in families where agricultural endeavors paid the bills. Brandon grew up on a registered Angus ranch outside of Boyd. Monie and her three sisters helped their parents ranch and grow hay in Melstone. And on the weekends, you could find Monie in all parts of Montana and Wyoming playing old time country with Roger Mack and the Sundowners, the family band.
Before she even turned 20, Monie Harrison learned how to put her money to work for her. At 19, she opened her first business, a nail salon. Over the years, she grew the business to include a few extras, selling jewelry from her nail booth to customers. Before long, the idea sprouted for a full-fledged boutique. “I said, I am either going to quit doing nails and start a new career, or I am going to go out on my own and start a little boutique,” says Monie, explaining her conversation with her husband back in 2003. “From the very first second I said it, he told me, ‘Well I think that’s a good idea!’ We went and looked at buildings the very next day.” And that’s how Monie’s Unique Boutique came to be. The Red Lodge store is a 1200-square-foot shop right off South Broadway. The larger store in Cody is roughly 2,500 square-feet of fashion right off Sheridan Avenue. Both are labors of love.
Monie and Brandon hit the largest fashion trade show each year in Vegas to purchase the store’s merchandise. When the boxes start to roll in, Monie gets to work doing what she does best, clothing her customers. She’s learned to outfit body types in a snap with the most flattering styles. Read Monie’s full story here.
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