Lizzy’s Corner Boutique and Fine Gifts in Plattsmouth recently received world-wide attention when the store was featured on Facebook’s Yep I Built This page.
Liz Thompson opened the boutique at 502 Main Street in downtown Plattsmouth Nov. 28, 2011. As owner and operator, she submitted photos and information about Lizzy’s Corner to Yep I Built This.
In the information submitted, Thompson explained why she chose to open the ready-to-wear and gift shop in Plattsmouth, “a small town just south of Omaha.”
“My junior high age daughter came home from school and announced she needed a ‘dressy outfit’ for the very next day,” Thompson writes. “Her volleyball team was playing and it was customary to dress up for school on game days.”
Because it was too late to drive to a nearby shopping mall, Thompson wondered how many other parents were faced with this same predicament.
“The wheels in my mind started to turn and the idea of Lizzy’s Corner Boutique began to form,” she writes in the information submitted.
Thompson knew she couldn’t open a department store in Plattsmouth, but thought a smaller shop that carried ladies clothing and a few last-minute gift items was plausible.
“It’s been well over a year now, and business is going great!” Thompson writes. “That’s not to say it has been easy, but I have been blessed with support from the local community, friends, acquaintances and my employees. Their contributions have been immeasurable to me.”
Next, Thompson hopes to add an online ordering system for the store, while maintaining the downtown Plattsmouth location as well.
“Although I know I am the one who makes this happen, I thank God daily for all that I have been given and the people who were put in my life to help me keep it all going.”
The Yep I Built This page was launched Aug. 28 last year by Mark Matson of Matson Money, a registered investment advisory firm based in Mason, Ohio. He created the site shortly after the GOP coined a similar phrase for its 2012 election convention theme. Matson believes the economic health of America rests on the success of small businesses and wanted the page to promote such enterprises.
Each day, the page highlights a new small business whose owners post its story and photographs.