Tina Schwaner said something about her business, Frayla Boutique & Hair Salon, that no one ever said to me before, though it seems obvious now…
“This feeds my love for shopping.”
I always think to myself that I don’t like shopping, but it’s not entirely true. I love poking around in shops with unique handmade and local items. And honestly, though I dress like a person who is conflicted over modern fashion’s approach to modesty, age appropriateness and the ever-impending CrossFit workout, I actually love pretty clothes.
Tina’s boutique is a great place to look around. Frayla is a small, friendly hair salon (Tina is the only stylist). She recounted how clients sometimes arrived early when she used to rent a booth in another salon. Tina, a warm and thoughtful person, wanted everyone to feel welcome and enjoyed how waiting clients would participate in the conversation with her and her current client.
But wouldn’t it be nice, she thought to herself, if they could browse through interesting treasures at the same time?
The best part of the little boutique, in my opinion, is the variety of handmade, local and fair trade items. I found glass beads made by Colorado Springs artist Michelle Hair of New Earth Beads.
Frayla carries Giving Keys, a project that employs people transitioning out of homelessness. You choose a key that speaks to you and wear it until you meet someone that seems to need it more.
Frayla also carries Made with a Mission candles. Made with a Mission recycles glass bottles into candles. They have a partnership with the Springs Rescue Mission here in Colorado Springs. Tina points out that if you buy a Made with a Mission candle and a Giving Key, you’ve supported three women owned businesses, employed homeless people in two states, upcycled a bottle and a key and you’ve given back to a local mission. Not bad for one stop shopping!
Stop in at Frayla, even if you don’t need your hair done. As Tina says, you’ll find Fashion with a Conscience!
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