Abby Mae’s multiple missions
Shop owner Sarah Christian is on a mission. Actually, she’s on several missions and they all have to do with clothes and canines. Not just any clothes and canines, mind you, but clothes that embody the belief that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and colors, and one very special canine - a rescue dog named Abby Mae, that inspired not only the shop’s name but an ongoing gives-back program as well.
Abby Mae’s Boutique in downtown Georgetown is all about empowering . . . empowering women to feel fantastic in the clothes they wear and investing in local organizations like animal rescue and adoption facilities.
“With Abby Mae being my little sidekick, we want to make a difference,” said Sarah. “We pick an organization to highlight and give part of our proceeds to and we specialize in dressing women for any occasion.”
Originally from West Virginia, this self-described “Mountain Momma” moved to Kentucky several years ago. She opened her boutique in a tiny suite above her current storefront in August of 2019 and then moved downstairs in February. The building, the former Georgetown National Bank, makes a unique backdrop for the colorful kimonos, graphic t-shirts, rompers, camis and comfy tops, dresses, shorts and more of Abby Mae’s - especially the changing room in the vault and the bullet hole in the bathroom (put there by the bank president).
“The story behind the bullet hole goes back to 1929,” said Sarah. "Mr. George T. Hambrick had planned to rob his own bank. Well, the cops found out, and George ended up taking his life.”
Oh, and the building is supposedly haunted. But that only makes the boutique all the more fun and original. That and sharing space with two other local retailers. In addition to the racks of Abby Mae’s come-hither clothing, there are the fashion masks, breezy beach bags and other effortlessly chic lifestyle pieces of CopperDaisy and the cakesicles, cake hearts and other yummies from Something Sweet Cake Co. Bakery. CopperDaisy also has a wine bar that celebrates Kentucky wines and cheeses.
Sharing space is another one of Sarah’s missions. She has a goal of creating a local market full of handmade goods from Kentucky.
“I wanted to give other local small businesses a chance to showcase their stuff on Main without all the overhead,”she said.
After staying at home for three months, many women will most likely be in the market for a wardrobe pick-me-up or three. Sarah recommends selecting some staple pieces like comfy tops, bottoms and dresses.
“I like for my customers to get the most bang for their buck and closet and these help build your closet and can be used to create so many different looks,” said Sarah. “Comfort is always a good look.”
Abby Mae’s will continue to offer curbside so that all customers “feel included even if they aren’t ready to grace our doors,” noted Sarah. Visit Abbey Mae’s online at www.shopabbymaesky.com or www.facebook.com/shopabbymae or call 606-254-9108. Click here to see a list of Georgetown shops that offer this service.