With her knowledge, the proud owner of K2 Boutique is on a quest to make sure that the women who come into her store are confident and comfortable in the outfits that they walk out with, fixing one fashion faux pas at a time.
“You have to dress the part if you want people to pay attention to you and respect you,” Myles said.
A native of Lansing and mother of six, Myles is always running around; sometimes she barely has the time to cook a family dinner. Despite their differing schedules, her family always seems to find time for their shared love: basketball.
“We are basketball junkies!” Myles said. “We rented some gyms out at MSU for spring break weekend and we’re going to have a huge tournament there.”
Myles’ drive doesn’t stop off the court; she went from selling real estate to obtaining her dream job, where she can express her creativity with fashion, her other love.
“Someone once said, ‘If you find a job you love, you never work a day in your life.’ It’s so true!” Myles said. “This is a great creative playground. I love doing the displays in the windows, making jewelry displays, [and] painting walls.”
K2 Boutique, now at its new Grand River location, is filled with home décor and ladies clothing in a wide variety of sizes and brands like Banana Republic, Talbots and St. John’s. The shop offers everything from athletic wear to furs and formals. Myles views her store as an opportunity for women to be part of the green movement by trying to sell their clothes instead of throwing them away.
“Customers see us as a recycler. If we can’t sell what people bring to us, then we donate it to St. Vincent’s [Catholic Charities] … they give people in need vouchers and let them shop for free. The clothing is truly getting passed down and staying out of landfills.”
Myles is also proud of the free personal shopper service that is offered at the boutique. The goal is to make women feel comfortable, not only in her store, but with shopping and putting together a wardrobe.
“If you want to wander around, that’s fine, but there are women out there who are, I call them ‘in hiding,’ and they pretend like they’re shopping, but they don’t know what they’re doing,” Myles said. “We’ll help them out. So many women come back to us and are really thankful for the help.”
Myles understands the value of a good shopping experience in today’s consumer-driven market.
“Gone are the days when money was so easy to make,” she said. “Our girls work hard to make sure that our customers have a good experience. People have their strengths and weaknesses, and our strength is helping women dress themselves.”