Jul 21, 2014
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Stylish Support for Anti-Bullying Efforts, Salvation Army in Norwich Area

Stylish Support for Anti-Bullying Efforts, Salvation Army in Norwich Area

Bows and Things Boutique

Two sisters have joined forces to launch businesses that utilize their creativity and make children’s clothing and paper products affordable for everyone.

Shierka Billips and Rontaé Witherspoon of New London, (below) are the two thrifty moms behind Bows and Things Boutique, a home business that sells handmade hair accessories, tutus, bow ties, customizable T-shirts, shoes and more for children.

“Between the two of us we have four girls,” says Witherspoon. “Hair accessories and clothing can be quite expensive, so we thought we could make them ourselves.”

Billips founded the business in September 2012.

The sisters also have a second business, Mass Branding, which creates brochures, business cards, donation letters, personalized invitations and more. They also coordinate birthday parties and events.

The pair has always been passionate about community service, and since launching Bows and Things they have teamed up with other organizations and businesses to do some local good.

“We like to find creative outlets where we can help the community,” says Witherspoon.

They will unite with the Salvation Army and the anti-bullying organization Bully Busters, both of Norwich, to host two charity events in August.


The boutique is also hosting a free kids event, Music By The Water, featuring Mr. C, the originator of the popular dance, the "Cha Cha Slide," July 22 at 6 p.m. in the Howard T. Brown Park in Norwich. See the details below, and for more information visit the Bows and Things Facebook page


 

 


The first of the August events, on Aug. 2, is called the “Rock the Town Block Party,” and will take place in the parking lot of the Norwich Salvation Army from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A variety of craft and retail vendors will set up tables for shoppers. For the kids, there will be face painting, a clown, carnival games and inflatables. Sound Spectrum Entertainment of Wallingford will handle the music and entertainment.

There is still time for vendors to sign up to have a space at the event. According to a press release, vendors will get a 10-by-10-foot space. The venue fee is $25. Informational vendors only have to pay $10. For more information, contact Bows and Things through its Facebook page.

“Our goal is to get these small businesses involved in the community,” says Witherspoon.

(Bows and Things accessories, above and below.)

All money collected will go to support Bully Busters, the Greater Norwich Anti-Bullying Coalition that works to educate the community about bullying and prevent acts of violence. The funds will also help the Salvation Army of Norwich reach its goal of raising $5,000 to support programs throughout the year, including sponsoring underprivileged families for the holidays.

The second event, the Back 2 School Expo, will take place Aug. 30 at the Marina At American Wharf from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. School supplies will be given away and lightly used uniforms will be sold for what shoppers can afford. 

After the expo, Bows and Things will host a fashion show featuring some of its products.

New England's Got Talent, a localized version of the popular television “America’s Got Talent” will follow. Witherspoon says they have been holding auditions for the last several weeks in the Norwich area. Currently there are 10 contestants signed up to participate, and she hopes to find up to 30 for the show.  

“We’re really excited about that one. It’s going to be an all day event,” says Witherspoon.

As with  the first charity event, the money collected will go to support Bully Busters and the Salvation Army of Norwich.

“We grew up in Norwich for the most part, that is where we are from. We’re not rich or anything like that. We’ve been through the struggle. We know how hard it is to provide for your family,” says Witherspoon. “This is an opportunity for us to reach out, network our business and help the community.”

For more information on these events and how to donate, visit the Bows and Things' Facebook page

For more on Bully Busters, visit its website

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Stylish Support for Anti-Bullying Efforts, Salvation Army in Norwich Area

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