Les Dalles Boutique is a women’s intimate apparel shop located at 500 Washington Street in The Dalles. The retail business offers women’s undergarments, pajamas and swimsuits. Les Dalles Boutique occupies a unique, specialized niche not only for The Dalles but for the whole Mid-Columbia region.
The shop offers mastectomy supplies, and owner Nicole Cowart is a Certified Fitter mastectomy (CFm). With this licensing the shop offers personalized fitting services with specialized mastectomy bras. Nicole is currently in the process of becoming a certified Medicare service provider so that the business can bill Medicare directly for mastectomy supplies. Once established as a Medicare provider, Nicole plans to expand medical consulting services to include helping clients navigate through the insurance requirements for durable medical equipment, advanced directives, and insurance forms.
The retail shop’s business plan also calls for growth into unique gift products such as chemical-free deodorants and soaps, handmade candles, jewelry, specialty makeup bags with the Les Dalles Boutique logo, and printed t-shirts. Les Dalles Boutique also offers Avon products.
OIB funding will expand the current space to include private fitting rooms and a consult space in addition to the current retail shop space. The loan assistance will also provide working capital for the business and will fund the development of Les Dalles Boutique Brand Products such as make-up bags, candles, jewelry and the Les Dalles Bra line as outlined in the company’s five-year plan.