Haven a Boutique
414 1st St, Woodland, CA 95695
After spending 30 years of her career in the retail industry, working for huge corporations like Apple and Skechers, Rosemarie Menjivar opened Haven a Boutique in October 2016. This beautiful building has been in Woodland, CA since 1899, and many small businesses like it truly make up Woodland’s culture and history. Along with Haven a Boutique, Rosemarie and a friend also own a home goods store called A Well-Stocked Home, right next-door.
Haven A Boutique sells apparel from blouses to jumpsuits, and jackets to skirts. Their accesories and lifestyle section carries handbags, jewlery, hats, belts, and perfumes. Many of their items are seasonal based and fit the needs of whatever is in style. Several times a year, Rosemarie visits shows in LA that feature companies and brands from all over the world. Just this year, they started carrying a Scandinavian brand, as well as a brand from El Salvador. In recent years, Haven a Boutique has become so popular that some of their clothes are carried in big retail stores like Nordstroms.
Haven a Boutique focuses on selling clothing and accessories for women of all sizes. They pride themselves on the fact that they've never had a single customer who hasn’t been able to find clothes that fit. A big misconception that Rosemarie has noticed about high-end boutiques is that people believe they only sell clothes for sizes 2,4, and 6. In order to change that stereotype, Rosemarie has strived to provide all sizes and shapes in her clothing. In fact Haven a Boutique gained an employee when a plus-sized model liked the clothes so much she wanted to work for Rosemarie.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the shutdown led to Rosemarie having to lay off the entire staff, and even now, have only been able to hire back three of their employees. COVID has also caused bigger problems in the retail industry in general. Some of the brands that Rosemarie carries have discontinued or been forced to cut their products due to a lack of fabric or thread.
Haven a Boutique does a lot of work within their community. They often donate some of their products for local auctions and fundraisers to help their community. They also are partnered with the Woodland Food Closet, which distributes food to families who need it on a daily basis.
Please check out a few of Haven a Boutique's products below, and click to go straight to their website, where you'll find countless more clothing items!