CANBY - A mother and daughter's love of shopping spawned a new business in Canby, Prasada Boutique, that offers one-of-a-kind clothing, accessories, and home decor.
Tiffany Grong, like many teenagers fresh out of high school, didn't have a set career path in mind. Her mother, Lorrie Viessman, encouraged her to find a career doing something she loved. The only thing Grong could think of: shopping.
Grong started attending college and focused on business management classes in the hopes that she would someday own her own retail store. The opportunity arose last August when Viessman noticed a "cute" vacant building along Main Street in Canby. She called her daughter and told Grong to take a closer look.
"She called right back within an hour and said, 'We're looking at it Wednesday,'" Viessman said. "We bought it Friday and started gutting it that next Monday."
The duo was in a hurry to get started. Viessman set a goal of opening in October, giving them only two months to prepare and stock the new boutique.
"That's when women start shopping - during hunting season," Viessman said. "We had two and a half months to get it all ready."
The two traveled to boutiques in the cities looking for unique one-of-a-kind items.
Their love of shopping then brought them to a boutique superstore in Atlantic City.
"They have three 14-story buildings," Viessman said.
Many of the decor items in the shop were furnished from a Minneapolis boutique that refurbishes old items, such as doors and windows, into truly unique furniture. Old doors became old cabinets and windows became jewelry cases - with almost everything in the store for sale.
The boutique opened with a wide array of women's clothing, jewelry, home decor items, and higher-end baby gifts. Viessman said the store offers unique high-end clothing that was not otherwise available in Canby.
"Higher-end items you can't buy around here," Viessman said. "You have to go to the metro for that."
Viessman said Prasada, a Sanskrit term meaning "Divine Grace," was the perfect name for the business and hoped it would bring good karma to the boutique and its customers.
If the venture proves successful, Viessman said the two will look to expand in the future.
"She eventually would like to open a coffee house and maybe add a children's boutique," Viessman said.
Prasada Boutique is open Sunday through Monday from 10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 3 p.m.