A career change six years ago had Carmel Catania and Angie Fichera open a boutique children’s clothing store in the heart of Shepparton.
Having worked together as teachers, the duo set out on a new adventure in retail.
Six years later, the pair has grown the business into a one-stop shop for children’s formal and occasion wear.
‘‘We thought there was a need in town for quality children’s clothing as people had to visit Melbourne to get speciality items,’’ Carmel said.
‘‘There was nothing in Shepparton like it at the time, so we made sure we offer that little bit more.’’
Stylish Children’s Clothing and Formal Wear stocks communion dresses, baptismal gowns, flower girls dresses, suits, party dresses, shoes and accessories.
Carmel and Angie hand-pick the items for their store, aiming to stock a variety of Australian designed and manufactured clothing.
‘‘We select all the pieces ourselves based on what we think our clientele will like,’’ Carmel said.
‘‘We ensure we cater for a variety of styles and occasions.’’
For Carmel, being able to put together a complete outfit for a child for a special day is what brings her the greatest enjoyment.
‘‘It’s lovely to see the kids all dressed up, especially the beautiful flower girls,’’ Carmel said.
‘‘We’ve been in town a long time now and we hope to keep doing what we’re doing for years to come.’’
Visit Carmel and Angie at 47 High St, Shepparton from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 1.30pm Saturdays.