Among the normal hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and people getting ready for Christmas, downtown Boston will be the scene of a dream come true for two women Friday when they open the doors of LutieBelles.
The latest new business is to open in the historic town as a bakery, eatery and boutique. Terina Collins and Andrea Bozeman are the owners. What began as a casual conversation between the two businesswomen quickly turned into a whirlwind of planning, working and creating when Bob and Lynn Hutchinson decided to sell their building at 107 Main St.
For Collins, a third-generation Bostonian, this evoked early memories of her family’s grocery store that was in the building next door, now Main Street Cafe. In fact, three generations of her family are involved in this project as she is joined by her father, Ron Collins; and daughter, Adrianna Johnson.
Bozeman is a newcomer to Boston. She said Boston is reminiscent of her hometown and she is “hopelessly in love with Boston.” It is truly a family affair for Bozeman as well because her daughter, Haley Conn, will join.
While the two women work closely together to make their business successful, it is Collins’ passion for food that inspired the bakery and eatery.
She said, “Good food makes people happy.”
She has been dreaming of a venture such as this for more than 15 years. Inspired by her grandmothers, Collins has a love for food preparation and preparation, and her standard are high.
Bakery items available include cakes, pies, cupcakes, homemade candies, plus specialty desserts by order. She will also sell her homemade salad dressings. The eatery provides comfortable seating in an intimate, fun setting inside or at the back of the building.
“The Alley” provides outdoor seating in a more casual atmosphere with a big screen TV to catch the game or news while enjoying lunch or dinner. The ever-changing menu reflects seasonal products while offering staples such as made to order deli sandwiches and paninis featuring only Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, soups, salads and pastas.
The Boar’s Head products are available by the pound for take-out. The dinner menu on Friday and Saturday nights, while flexible, will offer steaks and fresh seafood off the grill. An application for beer and wine pouring license is being processed.
The boutique side of LutieBelles gives Bozeman an outlet for her passion for fashion and interior design. It offers apparel, jewelry, handbags and scarves. In a nod to the quilting community, she offers artisan quilts as well as exquisite crocheted lace christening gowns and baby dresses, along with children’s clothing and baby gifts.
To complete the inventory, a line of bath and body products free of paraben and made with no animal testing, environmentally conscious candles in containers of recycled materials, local art, home decor and a large selection of game day item will be offered.
Bozeman said, “The goal of the boutique is to offer unique items to enhance the home and great fashion at affordable prices.”
The bakery, eatery and boutique was named LutieBelles in honor of Bozeman grandmothers (Louise and ClaraBelle) and Collin’s paternal grandmother, Lutiebell, who was full-blooded Creek from Lake City, Fla., area. Both women feel their grandmothers would be pleased with their granddaughters’ shop.
LutieBelles grand opening is today at 10 a.m. They are also participating in the Boston Police Department’s Community Fund Drive and anyone donating a gift card, new toy or three or more non-perishable food times will receive a free cupcake (take contributions to the collection site in front of city hall where validation of participation will be given out).
Normal store hours will be: Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.
For more information, call (229) 498-1121 or follow “Luttiebelles” on Facebook.