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September 25, 2019
Fresh Face: Maura Grace Boutique
“Fashion should be fun, and shopping should be easy,” says Katie Holsten. And it’s clear from her warm smile and enthusiasm that the owner of the new Maura Grace Boutique is having lots of fun bringing accessible fashion to women of all ages.
“It’s an eclectic, one-stop-shop,” Katie says. “You can find a birthday or hostess gift, a great card, and your outfit!”
The welcoming, light-filled shop brims with color and trends. Like fashion itself, which is constantly evolving, there’s always something fresh to discover here. Maura Grace offers a broad range of contemporary women’s clothing and accessories, including the work of local artisans, all at accessible prices. “It’s an eclectic, one-stop-shop,” Katie says. “You can find a birthday or hostess gift, a great card, and your outfit!”
After studying fashion merchandising at the University of Delaware, Katie worked at South Moon Under for ten years as a retail buyer. Once she started her family, she knew the time had come to pursue her dream of opening a boutique. Everything lined up over the past year, she says, and the location was the biggest piece to fall into place. Katie grew up in Hockessin and has watched Kennett Square evolve into a shopping and dining destination. “Kennett Square is amazing and I’m thrilled to be here,” she says. She’s showing her Kennett Square pride with a range of locally-branded items, including glasses and other gifts.
“I love how fashion allows you to express yourself,” Katie says, and she’s passionate about helping women to do that. “These are pieces you can put your own take on and interpret in different ways.” Maura Grace offers gift cards and, even better, Katie and her staff are happy to assist customers with finding that perfect gift for a family member, friend, or anyone on your list. “We’re always here to help put an outfit together, assist with finishing touches, or be a source of inspiration,” she says with a smile.
How did the name Maura Grace come about? Katie’s middle name is Maura, and her five-year-old daughter’s name is Grace. “She inspires me,” Katie says of her daughter. “She’s a little shopper, like her mom, and it’s exciting to show her that her mom is pursuing one of her dreams.”