It started with a desire to help her community.
With a vision in her head and $120 in her pocket, then-13-year-old Mia Valdez started Mia’s Boutique.
She began purchasing accessories and selling them online, using the money she made to give back to people in need.
“At school, there was this girl, the teacher would always yell at her for not having any shoes for PE and so I went to Ross and bought her some shoes,” Valdez said.
Valdez’s sister Maraiah Bermudez, 19, was inspired by her passion to help others and decided to join her sister, now 14, and change Mia’s Boutique into Melange Boutique. They decided to call it Melange Boutique because melange in French means a mixture or variety of things, which perfectly describes their business.
They sell clothes along with a variety of accessories such as hats, necklaces, chokers, sunglasses, purses, backpacks and keychains. Now the business is going mobile.
Having clothing stores come to you – that is the dream.
After purchasing and remodeling an old delivery truck, they will be the first mobile boutique in Kern County, while upholding their community-focused ideals.
Last Halloween, the sisters gave out five costumes, and for Thanksgiving, they gave away six dinners to families in need.
They enjoy partnering with organizations like Miles for Miracles and the Bakersfield Rescue Mission.
“Honestly, they do a lot – they’re usually outside when it’s a nice day. They’re out there taking pictures or sometimes they’re making their shirts or respond to people,” said Lucy Lopez, mother of the two entrepreneurs.
While other teenagers are only thinking about grades and how late they’re going to sleep in on the weekends, these girls are constantly responding to online orders, emails and comments on social media.
“There is always something to do; even if we think we’re done, we’re not. We have to be on social media 24/7,” Bermudez said.
Their hard work is paying off because on July 8, they will launch their chic mobile boutique, delivering fashionable looks to anyone who prefers their store come to them.
The mobile Melange Boutique will include a ramp for easy access, chalkboard barn doors where customers can write fun sayings, clothing racks and even a fitting room.
“The fact that we’re mobile and come to you, I think a lot of people like that. Just like online shopping is taking over, nobody wants to go to stores anymore so it’s kind of better when they come to you,” Bermudez said. ￼