Owning a boutique seems to run in the family for Anna Lawley, owner of Annabelle’s Southern Boutique. She grew up in her mother’s store, and now Lawley has one of her own in The Village at Lee Branch. Lawley, 26, operated an online women’s apparel business for two years before launching the store in Hoover. This Chelsea native graduated from UAB with the intention of going to physical therapy school but decided to venture off and open a boutique.
Q: Why did you want to open a boutique?
A: My mom had a boutique in downtown Birmingham when I was little, so I grew up going to work with her. Owning a boutique of my own feels like home, and now my mom comes to work with me.
Q: What do you enjoy about your job?
A: People interaction! I love talking to people and helping them put together outfits — and not to mention all the clothes I take home for myself.
Q: How would you describe your personal style?
A: I would say I have a laidback kind of style. I like to be comfortable. I think you can definitely see that when you walk into the store.
Q: What’s your favorite accessory right now?
A: A ball cap!
Q: What do you love about Hoover?
A: The friendly atmosphere, quaint neighborhoods, wide food variety and diverse shopping centers.
Q: What’s something not many people know about you?
A: I secretly wish I had my own reality TV show.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I like to put my headphones in and go for a run. I also like to eat excessive amounts of food and hang out with my girlfriends.
Q: Where are your favorite places to go in Hoover?
A: Galleria for shopping, Front Porch for eating, Preserve for hiking and Ross Bridge golf resort and spa for relaxing.
Q: What can people expect if they visit Annabelle’s Southern Boutique?
A: Me! I’m here every day! Kidding, but really, I am here every day. People can expect a welcoming environment filled with the latest trends and fashions.