EMU alum opens local clothing boutique

When Princess Ayo-ola graduated from Eastern Michigan University, she never thought that as a Special Education/Elementary major, she would be running her own clothing boutique right off of campus.

Spice Boutique officially opened its doors on June 13, 2015. Ayo-ola came up with the idea for the shop when she was a student at Eastern.

“I would have events to attend and unfortunately there was nowhere to shop near school that had the type of clothing I wanted,” she said.

Spice Boutique is conveniently located less than 5 minutes away from campus at 1745 Washtenaw Ave. in Ypsilanti. Fall hours are Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

“I can remember having to either travel to Briarwood Mall or taking that 45 minute drive to the city,” said Ayo-ola. “I wanted to make it convenient for women in the area to shop for unique clothing.”

They sell women’s clothing (including plus sizes), accessories, jewelry and virgin hair extensions.

“I would encourage EMU students to come and shop at Spice because we offer fashion forward clothing at affordable prices. We also cater to women of all shapes and sizes,” said Ayo-ola.

They also offer student discounts and short-term layaway.

“My favorite parts about working at Spice is that I can provide stylish clothing to the students of EMU and I can interact with students and get feedback on new and upcoming trends,” she said.

To see more information about Spice Boutique or to get an idea of what they carry you can visit their website at www.SpiceBoutiqueYpsi.com. You can follow their social media pages to stay connected on new items, sales and special events. They are on Facebook and Instagram as @SpiceBoutiqueYpsi.

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