The charm of local boutiques is that each shop tells a story and is curated in a unique way. Meet Kristin Mayer of The Spotted Pig, hear her story, and peek into the life of this fashionably local boutique owner.
OPENED: November 3, 2016
What made you decide to open your shop? I opened my shop because I really wanted to bring to St.Louis an eclectic mix of my different acquired styles. I wanted to share my passion of finding unique one of kind gifts that come from all over. It has always been a dream of mine to put all the mix of styles I have into one place. For the St. Louis customer to be able to learn to decorate their lives and home exactly how they want, free!
What is the biggest thing you’ve learned since opening The Spotted Pig? I think the biggest task I have learned since opening my shop is that you cannot stress about having things perfect. You do the best you can, and you follow your brand. You stick to what makes your heart sing and you be you and stay true to you!
What words do you live by? Dr. Suess, “ There is no one alive who is you-er than you” Be you, and love that person, for it is the only person you have to face every day.
What inspires you? Meeting new people every day inspires me. Constantly staying vulnerable to life to learn new things from any person or situation that comes my way. My inspirations in the decorating world are ethnic varieties, different styles of different cultures…..and color, simply put color inspires me!
What is your favorite item in the shop? The Consuela bags! These are just awesome for everyday, the pool, the beach, the gym, everywhere because you just can’t ruin them!!! I need this in my life!
One thing in your shop that everyone should have in their home: Some sort of a pig! Whatever it is, from a picture to a statue to a trinket tray, I promise, it will make you smile!
What is your favorite thing about your job? That is easy! I enjoy seeing customers love the items that I’ve found for them. Seeing them get as excited as I do when they spot that perfect household decor or that cool gift for someone they love!! My customers are what make every day of hard work pay off!
Advice you would give someone wanting to open a boutique: Don’t ever think you will know all the in’s and out’s. LOL …..there is no rhyme or reason in retail….it’s hard work but making sure you remind yourself everyday why you opened keeps you in the moment. Always listen to your customers, and stay true to yourself!