Knox welcomes new boutique

A Knox County boutique has opened its doors just in time for the holiday season.

Blue Belle Boutique, located in the Trademart Shopping Center in Corbin, is the newest one-stop place for everything relating to women’s fashion. The store offers misses and curvy fashion, accessories, shoes and small gift items, making it the perfect stop for holiday shopping. Popular brands currently carried at the store include Ruby’s Rubbish, Crazy Cool Threads and Shop Local Kentucky.

For store owner Melissa Hammons, opening Blue Belle Boutique certainly took a leap of faith and a little encouragement from her family.

“I’ve actually always wanted to open a boutique but I was kind of afraid to,” said Hammons. “Honestly, my fiancé was just like, ‘Do it. If you want to do it, just go for it.’
Wanting her store to be everything she always dreamed of, she made sure to line up the perfect spot, picking the Trademart Center due to its convenient location.

“Almost everybody, if you’re from Corbin or Barbourville, comes here to shop. I wanted to be somewhere where you would see it,” continued Hammons. “There’s other little stores I’ve liked but I forget about them because they might be off the beaten path. I wanted to be somewhere where it was convenient and everyone would see it.”

To officially welcome the boutique to the area, the Knox County Chamber of Commerce met on November 11 for the store’s ribbon cutting ceremony. People lined up at the store for special discounts, treats and of course, a little shopping.

Blue Belle Boutique is located in the Trademart Shopping Center in Corbin next to Big Lots. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Search ‘Blue Belle Boutique’ on Facebook or call the store at 606-280-7280 for more information.