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College Apparel Store Bows and Arrows Boutique Celebrates One Year at Market at UTC Mall in Sarasota

College Apparel Store Bows and Arrows Boutique Celebrates One Year at Market at UTC

UNIVERSITY PARK, Florida — With four-years as a successful online ladies apparel store under its belt, locally owned and operated Bows and Arrows Boutique opened its first brick and mortar location one year ago. Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., husband and wife team Matt Sluizer and Chelsea Havelka will celebrate the milestone with special discounts, a raffle for giveaways (no purchase necessary), a sidewalk sale, refreshments, sweet treats, and more.

The two Florida State alums are big-time Seminole football fans, but Chelsea had always been disappointed in how difficult it was for female fans to find fashion-forward gear they could wear in support of their team. Five years ago, she started her online business focused on fashionable collegiate apparel, fair pricing, great service, accurate online sizing information, lighting fast turnaround on shipping, and no hassle returns. It was an overnight success, and they were eventually inspired to open a local store, which quickly became a favorite in the booming UTC corridor.

"We're excited to celebrate this one year milestone with our first brick and mortar store," said Chelsea, who holds a B.S in Fashion Design and Merchandising from FSU. "Our physical location has complemented our online presence and has given us the chance to meet our loyal online following while helping us reach even more customers this past year."

Bows and Arrows Boutique offers a large selection of women’s boutique fashion brands and collegiate apparel. The current collegiate offering includes FSU and UF women’s apparel. Having a physical location has allowed the couple to dramatically increase inventory, and they've decided to expand their collegiate offering to include Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, USF, UCF, and Miami. The new schools will arrive in late July 2018; just in time for this fall’s football season.

"Since we started Bows & Arrows, it's always been about a love of fashion mixed with school spirit and college football," said Havelka. "And what would college sports be without great rivalries? We're so excited to celebrate that spirit by expanding our team selection and share our love for fashion and game day with new customers."

What: Bows and Arrows One Year Anniversary Celebration

Where: The Market at UTC, 5275 University Parkway, STE 133, University Park, FL (map)

When:  Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit their Website: www.bowsandarrowsco.com

photo by Christine Wozz Photography

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