Unique clothing store opens in Waterford Commons
Katie Terrien grew up around retail stores. Her dad worked for JC Penney and the business was part of their family life.
“Clothes, textures, color. It’s so much of who I am,” said Terrien.
Those early experiences shaped her future, and the Wisconsin native majored in fashion merchandising and business at Mt. Mary College. She then went on to work for Kohls. After Kohls, she worked for several corporate giants and learned a lot about the business world. After she became a mother, though, Terrien knew she wanted to get back to her roots in the fashion industry and so she created Wish Parties.
For the last three years, Terrien has sold clothes and accessories through private trunk shows. After a year, Terrien was able to quit her corporate job and focus on Wish. Although it’s a lot of work, Terrien loves her job.“I really can’t imagine doing anything else,” said Terrien.Through the shows she’s built a large customer base here in the Twin Cities. Her sister offers Wish products in the Milwaukee area and another woman serves the Appleton, Wis. market.The trunk shows work as follows: A host invites friends over and Wish brings the shopping experience to them. By selling clothes this way, Terrien said women have the opportunity to shop in a comfortable atmosphere, while also spending time with friends or family.“We offer a unique and intimate shopping experience. It’s a boutique on wheels,” said Terrien.With her youngest now in school, Terrien made the decision to open a brick and mortar store for occasional sales. Wish Boutique opened in the Waterford Commons building for the first time in mid-December.Terrien said she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for the store.“I love Rosemount.… I really feel this sense that people want us to succeed,” said Terrien.Generally, the boutique will open the first Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the month. However, because of the New Year holiday, Wish will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 17 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 18.Terrien said the January sale will feature 50 percent off all winter clothing and accessories. Going into spring, Terrien said Wish will feature some fantastic items.“I love what we will have for spring,” said Terrien.Through the storefront, Terrien hopes to continue to offer women unique shopping opportunities they won’t find anywhere else.Specifically, on Thursdays, Terrien said Wish will host girls’ night out parties. She plans to partner with other businesses to host the events and hopes to promote other local entrepreneurs.Terrien said Thursdays will have a relaxed feel in which women can come sip some wine, chat and do a little shopping.On Fridays and Saturdays the store will be open for normal shopping.In addition to opening for the occasional sales, Terrien will host private parties in the Waterford space.Terrien is excited about the opportunities having a retail space will bring for her company. She will continue to offer the trunk shows to give customers a unique shopping experience.Terrien hopes to eventually open another storefront in one of the other two markets they are in, but for now she’s just excited to be opened up in Rosemount.“I’m really excited to be here,” said Terrien.For more information visit the company’s Facebook page under Wish Parties. The store is located at 2930 146th St. W. Suite III in the Waterford Commons building.