When you begin talking to b boutique owner Cathy Cleary about her new shop off Main Street you quickly realize this was a business born out of necessity.
“When I moved to Summit County I noticed there were hardly any places to buy high-quality makeup, hair or skin products,” Cleary said. “The brands that I used when I was working with salons weren’t accessible to people living in the mountains and it usually meant driving to Denver and spending more money.”
Now ladies need to look no further, tucked away at 301 N. Main Street behind The Fall Line, b boutique sits in a completely renovated ski tuning
shop. Lines of skis and snowboards have now been replaced with handcrafted tables stocked with hair care brands like Pureology and Aquage, makeup lines from Stila and highly sought after skincare products from Ole Henriksen.
“I feel like it’s great to finally have a place outside of the salon setting where people can shop and have someone there to educate them on which product will best suit their needs,” Cleary said. “Plus, there have to be plenty of testers. That’s what makes it fun!”
After migrating westward from Chicago for a salon job in the Rocky Mountains, Cleary realized she had her own ideas for a business model and launched Weemala Wedding Hair and Makeup, a mobile venture with fellow local Kelly Richardson. With business growing, the logical next step was to set up a more permanent location for wedding consultations and an onsite boutique was something she had always envisioned.
Catering to locals and visitors alike, b boutique carries a host of products perfectly suited for life in the Rocky Mountains. Is your skin feeling dry and scratchy from too many cold days on the ski slopes? Try the Pine Tar Soap Bar from the Breckenridge Soap Company, a locally made, all-natural alternative to soaps that further dry out the skin.
Lips feel chapped? Slather on a sample of the Sara Happ lip scrub followed by the shimmery gloss and you’ll quickly realize it’s impossible to walk out without buying at least one of the many lip-smackin’ flavors.
Or, maybe you forgot your sunscreen on your way to the gondola just a few steps down the road. To keep your skin protected you can pick up a tube of Zinka, the original zinc oxide waterproof sunblock in a variety of retro neon colors that will remind you of the good ‘ol days on the mountain.
Custom jewelry and pottery creations from local resident Regina Signa and her company ArTraveLove are
artfully displayed throughout the shop as well as colorful wrap bracelets and assorted jewlery from BB Dharma.
Whether you are a full-on beauty diva or just looking to battle split ends, b boutique is a clear choice for those in the High Country looking to treat themselves. Do yourself a favor and head to the boutique on Fridays and Saturdays for Happy Hour from 3-6p.m. with makeup session and $5 facial waxing sessions, or stop by on Sunday for the $10 blow dry special.