Eye Candy Boutique has opened a second location, along with the addition of salon services. The original store, Eye Candy Boutique, will remain at 2404 W. Jefferson Suite B, in Springfield. The new boutique, plus Eye Candy Salon & Spa, will be located at 3001 W. White Oaks Dr. Suite C, in Springfield.
Owner Alinda Hale acquired Eye Candy Boutique in 2015, which specializes in custom rhinestone apparel and accessories. Since then, the boutique has expanded to custom vinyl and carries clothing ranging from sizes S-3X. Eye Candy also carries shoes and accessories, along with some home décor merchandise.
Alinda’s daughter, Tye Hale, is the owner of the new Eye Candy Salon & Spa. The salon offers many services including hair cuts and colors, custom facials and peels, eyelash extensions, eyebrow design and microblading. The salon stylists and estheticians expect to offer other new services starting in December.
Alinda said that she was originally looking for a larger location for the boutique but when she came across two adjacent spaces available for lease in the former Cascades Shopping Center she realized it would make sense for her and her daughter to join forces. “Tye was renting space at a salon here in town, but basically running her own business. She knew a few stylists who wanted to work with her, so she decided to get her own place.” The suite next to the salon is now the main retail location for Eye Candy Boutique.
Local realtor Jane Hay purchased the shopping center last year and it has since undergone a major exterior renovation. Alinda said, “She’s put a lot of work into making the center look better, and it’s a great west side location for us. We’ll still keep the Jefferson location and handle the production there, but I’ll be working out of the White Oaks location on a daily basis.” Alinda explained that they do quite a bit of online business as well as custom orders, so she plans to have staff covering the Jefferson location to handle that aspect of the business.
“We have a total of 19 part-time employees, and most of them work for us because they want to, not because they have to. That really creates a whole different environment when you’re doing something you enjoy and you look forward to going to work.”