Unique boutique sees savings in COVID-19 troubled economic times

Join us for a Facebook Live conversation about the economy with CPS Energy Pres. & CEO Paula Gold-Williams and local Chamber leaders Thursday, May 7 at 3:30 p.m.

Boutique shopping thrilled Kerri Arnold as a young girl. When her mom would announce she was going shopping, Kerri always jumped up ready to join her. So, when the day came for Kerri to decide on a college major, her eyes darted across the page of options. Her heart throbbed when she came across Fashion Merchandising. She enrolled at then-Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos and later received a B.A. in Fashion Merchandising and Business.

Kerri grew up in Bulverde but made her grand entrance into this world in New York. Her post-college plans included returning to her birthroots and working for a fashion house in the Big Apple. Fortunately, for the customers who love shopping in 3 Sassy Chicks Boutique in north San Antonio, that never happened.

“I worked for big and small retailers while we started a family here,” said Kerri. “We have a son and two girls, and I still longed to have my own business. One day, my husband (Dustin) said if that’s what you want to do, let’s work toward being able to make it on just my salary so you can open up your own store.”

In August, 3 Sassy Chicks will celebrate seven years of Kerri’s dream coming true. Who are the 3 Sassy Chicks? Kerri and her two daughters, 20-year old Avery and 9-year old Shyloh. Although the girls aren’t onsite business partners, they’re partners in Kerri’s heart and remind her of days long ago when she boutique shopped with her mom.

Items in her cozy shop in the Mission Oaks strip center at 16350 Blanco Road harken to those days, with clothing, backpacks, candle melts and all sorts of unexpected finds crossing the spectrum for young to older shoppers. The store is a browser’s delight and everything is easy to see under the brighter, cooler and energy-efficient LED lights Kerri had installed last October.

“I wanted it to be brighter and the LED lights are not harsh on the clothes. They don’t cause fading or the clothes to degrade like the older, hot lights.”

Kerri invested $406 into the $835 lighting retrofit, with CPS Energy paying the difference through the Small Business Solutions rebate. In just four months, her electric bills produced $233 in savings compared to the year before.

Creating that extra cashflow is super helpful, especially now with our country in an economic downturn in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It does help that my bills are lower and I’m on AutoPay so it’s deducted from my bank account and I don’t have to worry about it. Although, I may not be able to pay myself,” she said with a chuckle.

It’s that can-do attitude that we know will help Kerri and other local #SASTRONG businesses weather this COVID-19 storm. Shortly before she temporarily closed the boutique’s doors in March, our Energy2Business team visited 3 Sassy Chicks to recognize Kerri as an Energy Efficiency Champion for switching over to LED lights.

The boutique recently reopened with shorter hours and limited capacity, as allowed by the State.

“We have seen a lot of support from our community and are doing well.”

We congratulate Kerri for her tenacity, saving energy and her upcoming 7th anniversary!

Thanks for being a Sassy Chick, Kerri Arnold! We stand with you, and will get through this TOGETHER.

Join us for a Facebook Live conversation about the economy with CPS Energy Pres. & CEO Paula Gold-Williams and local Chamber leaders Thursday, May 7 at 3:30 p.m.

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