A unique combination opens in Monticello

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Molly Feit sits on a couch for sale in front of examples of Crystal Lee Photography at Addielynn’s Bowtique, the new joint venue that is now open in Monticello. Most items in the shop are locally made, including handmade childrens clothing (seen in the mirror), furniture and more.

Kendra Hartsell
Monticello Times

Unique children’s clothing, one-of-a-kind furniture and everything in between.
Molly Feit says that these are the types of things that can be found at her new shop in Monticello, called Addielynn’s Bowtique and Crystal Lee Photography.
The store is a consignment shop and photography studio all under one roof, located at 500 Cedar Street. Most of the items in the shop are locally made, including handmade children’s clothing, furniture, purses, palm tree wax candles and much more.
“I searched high and low for several months to find the perfect vendors,” Feit said. “It will be an ongoing process because none of us are sure what to expect. But I know that these are the right vendors and products for the shop at this time.”
Feit found most of her vendors online. Many of them have full-time jobs and creating items for the store is something they do on the side.  One of the things Feit is most excited about is that all of the vendors’ products are different than the norm.
“They are not things that you can find anywhere else around here. Everything is very unique,” she said.
Another unique thing about the store is that it is completely kid friendly. Molly is a stay-at-home mom to four herself and realized the need for a place like this in the area.
“I want this to be a place where moms can shop and bring their kids. There is a play area for children to play, watch movies and do activities,” Feit said.
Molly’s idea to open a shop developed a couple of years ago when she wanted an outlet for selling her own homemade children’s hair accessories and tutus. She also knew that other people were looking for the same type of thing in the area.
“It was just one of those things—right time, right place,” she said. “I knew I just had to take that first step and take that chance.”
Molly grew up in Monticello until her family moved to Pine City, Minn. her junior year of high school. A few years later, Molly, her husband and two children moved to Big Lake and had two more children. The store’s name, Addielynn’s, was formed by combining parts of her children’s names and nicknames into one word.
The shop is open year-round, Monday through Saturday. The hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Some of the vendors have volunteered to work at the shop if it worked with their schedules.
The photography studio is run by Crystal Lee of Monticello. Until now, Lee has been running her business out of her basement. Lee is a friend of Feit’s and this was the perfect opportunity to move her studio elsewhere. She does photography for newborns, children, families, weddings and more. Her Web site can be found at: www.crystalleephotos.com.
Addielynn’s Bowtique and Crystal Lee Photography held a March 1-2 soft opening. Many discounts were offered to shoppers.
There will be a Grand Opening Saturday, March 16. The Easter Bunny will be making an appearance from 10 a.m. to noon with Crystal Lee Photography Professional portrait packages available for purchase.
Customers will receive a free 4 by 6 photo with any food shelf donation. Please contact Crystal regarding any questions about the photo sessions at crystalleephotos@yahoo.com.
There will be in-store specials offered with giveaways and sales on products throughout the store as well.
Random drawings will also be held throughout the month of March. For each purchase made in the shop, customers will receive a ticket to place in a giveaway bin. Vendors have sponsored and donated a product of his or her choice to give to winners. Please visit www.facebook.com/AddielynnsBowtique for more information.

Kendra Hartsell is a Monticello Times freelance writer.