For mother and daughter team Debbie Thomas and Kristine Smith, a favorite stop on any trip was checking out children’s boutiques, scouring their assortment of items and labels and making mental notes of what they liked.
Now that same opportunity is open to local residents, as the two have recently opened Ashby Mae Children’s Boutique at 3 Loudoun St. SW in Leesburg.
Located above The Jeans Whisperer, the store is woven together, with rooms separated by different sizes and age groups, and even one room set aside for pajamas. The entire shop is decorated in much the same way one would set up a nursey, and immediately gives a warm, homey feeling. An area is even set aside for nursing mothers, and toys for curious children accompanying their shopping adults.
Thomas, a longtime Leesburg resident who now lives in Ashburn, brings an extensive retail background, and coupled with her own and Leesburg resident Smith’s shared passion for children’s clothing, not to mention their experiences as moms, they hope area residents have the same regard for the wares they have chosen to showcase in Ashby Mae. Many of the products they offer are made in the U.S., they note.
Aside from its owners, the store has been a family affair, as Ashby Mae is named after Thomas’ late mother, and Smith’s grandmother, Gladys Mae Ashby Gore. The logo was created by family friend, and Loudoun native, Inslee Farris, and integrates the store’s name as well as other things that have personal meaning to the family. And the next generation is alive in the store, as the initials of each of Thomas’ grandchildren is displayed on the walls.
For more information on Ashby Mae, go to its Facebook page Ashby Mae Children’s Boutique, or find it on Instagram @ashbymaeboutique. The store is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The store will stay open until 8 p.m. during First Friday events, and will also provide private appointments by request.