UK alumna set to open boutique storefront

Interior of JamesC Boutique set to open later this month. 

Allie King

Lexington is getting a new boutique in the Chevy Chase Plaza.

After Figleaf Boutique closed in Chevy Chase, JamesC Boutique owner Carrie Burkett announced that she will be opening her first store for her formerly-online only boutique. 

JamesC Boutique will take the location of Figleaf Boutique in Chevy Chase Plaza. The store is named after Burkett’s father who died in 2017. 

“From the moment I started working in a boutique, he said I was meant to own one for myself,” Burkett said. 

Burkett attended UK where she studied journalism and worked at Figleaf Boutique. After graduation, Burkett began working towards opening a boutique of her own. 

“When he [Burkett’s Father] got sick, we sat down and wrote out an entire business plan, and I have followed it from start to finish,” Burkett said. 

JamesC Boutique opened online in October 2017.

“The online store has exceeded all my expectations. I knew starting online would either be a hit or a total bust, and it took me by total surprise,” Burkett said. 

JamesC Boutique sells clothing, swimwear, jewelry, shoes and accessories. Burkett’s goal for the store is to target women of all ages and make it a place where people can shop for any occasion. Items at the store and online have prices ranging from $8 to $65, making the store suitable for any shopper’s budget.

The online store has had success reaching customers all around the world. Sales have been made as far away as London, England.

“My packages have always come quickly… not to mention wrapped up super cute in the cutest packaging,” said Abi Powell, Burkett’s former co-worker. 

On the JamesC Boutique website, customers can find more information on the founding of the store, collaborations that the store has done and an online shopping portal. The online store runs sales quite often during holidays and has a continuous free shipping deal on orders of $50 or more. 

“I have shopped on the website multiple times, [and] every time I get on it is so easy to navigate, and checkout is easy, too,” Powell said. 

Burkett’s online store has already been featured on eight fashion blogs and on ABC 36 News. More information on these segments can be found on the store website. 

“She has done a terrific job starting up her boutique and working with what customers want, and I have no doubt when she opens her store in Lexington that she will do fantastic as well,” Powell said. 

The store will open in June 13. Until then, people can shop online or follow the store on Instagram