Verde at Cooley Station, a new mixed-use, walkable center in Gilbert, welcomed Sophie May Boutique and Sip & Shop a Local Collection to its tenant mix this summer. The two retailers are local and women-owned, an important pillar within Verde’s strategy to create a unique, vibrant shopping and dining destination.  

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Sophie May Boutique is a trendy, curated women’s clothing boutique. Owned and operated by Erika Hilligas, the store has a mission to help women feel beautiful inside and out and give back to the community. The shop will celebrate its grand opening Friday, June 23 at 4 p.m. with a $500 gift card giveaway, surprise gift cards ranging from $10-$100 for the first 50 shoppers and discounts all weekend long. The 780-square-foot space was designed specially for Sophie May with custom furniture and fitting rooms.  

“We started out of our home two years ago, then pivoted to do markets with a mobile tiny boutique, which was a huge success and allowed us to expand to this storefront,” said Hilligas. “The store embodies our ‘Shop Tiny’ slogan; we want the experience to be very special and personal. We chose Verde because of the location, the overall vibe and the fact that it focuses on small, women-owned businesses.” 

Sip & Shop a Local Collection, owned by Tiffany Shultz, offers a unique and elevated shopping experience by combining sipping and shopping. As a destination for finding local, one-of-a-kind, custom items, the store has a diverse range of offerings, including jewelry, boutique clothing, home, baby, food and drink options, and more. The 4,000-square-foot store offers a bubbly, wine and beer bar for guests to sip while shopping, and boasts a patio, wall mural and custom special event spaces. Classes, events, and tastings adds an educational, interactive aspect to the experience. Sip & Shop is slated to open mid-July. 

“Verde is exactly what we were looking for,” said Shultz. “We are a small business and a community within itself, looking for other small businesses to create a one-of -a-kind community feel. It is a dream to be at this center and work with these locally owned establishments. We are so glad to expand in Gilbert.” 

Sophie May Boutique and Sip & Shop A Local Collection are joining a robust lineup of tenants including the recently announced Hash Kitchen opening in July, Decadent Macaron, Skinfinity MedspaFrostails Korean Dessert HouseCoach Pain AcademyThe Brass TapVitality BowlsCha-Nails LoungeWe WhitenCrust Simply Italian and more. 

Verde at Cooley Station is located at 3945 E Williams Field Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85295. 

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