Sally Bliss, manager at the C. Collection (8141 Maple St., 504-861-5002; www.ccollectionnola.com), always wanted an English bulldog — and now she's able to call one her co-worker. Bliss got four-year-old Boogie the bulldog from a breeder in Springfield, Mo. The pup's appetite (she eats three meals a day) and the fact that English bulldogs are a very social breed made bringing Boogie to the store a no-brainer.
"She really just loves attention and enjoys being close to people," Bliss says. "She doesn't like to be left alone."
Boogie's disposition resembles that of a sweet little lady: slightly slow moving, sociable and in tune with fashion. Bliss says Boogie is laid back, just like the atmosphere at the store.
C. Collection opened in 1995 when owner Anne Lynne Charbonnet realized there was a shortage of contemporary women's boutiques in New Orleans. At the time, Charbonnet says, C. Collection was one of the few shops in the city that catered to young adults. Now, shoppers can find basics at the Riverbend boutique as well as trendy pieces like faux fur vests, Aztec print skirts and sweaters, colored denim, game day ensembles and accessories.
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"We've broadened our audience," Charbonnet says. "We now cater to a wider age range from 15-year-olds to 50-year-olds. It's great because we feel as though a larger group of women are simply more stylish these days."
The staff at C. Collection says the store is fun and lively, and Boogie certainly adds to the energy. "She's a celebrity," Bliss says. Boogie embraces new trends and will model everything from accessories to entire ensembles. She frequently appears on the store's Facebook page wearing headbands and scarves.
"You can put anything on her and she'll just sit there and let you," Bliss says. "And then we crack up."
Boogie also enjoys snoozing behind the desk but is always eager to entertain customers. "When customers hear her snoring and ask to see her, she happily comes out of her crate and shakes her little butt," Bliss says. "She loves it."
favorite things ...
Playing dress up
Getting attention from customers