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Local Bows & Arrows Boutique Grand Opening This Weekend!

Local Bows & Arrows Boutique Grand Opening This Weekend!

| Sande Caplin |

With four-years as a successful online ladies apparel store under its belt, locally owned and operated Bows and Arrows Boutique will open the company’s first brick and mortar location this Saturday. Located in the the Market at UTC, the store’s grand opening event will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Husband and wife team Matt Sluizer and Chelsea Havelka are both Florida State alums and big-time Seminole football fans. They were inspired by the team’s 2013-14 national championship season, but Chelsea had always been disappointed in how difficult it was for female fans to find fashion-forward gear they could wear in support of their team. That fall, she decided to start a company that offered fashionable collegiate apparel, fair pricing, great service, accurate online sizing information, lighting fast turnaround on shipping, and no hassle returns.

Matt Sluizer and Chelsea HavelkaChelsea, who holds a B.S in Fashion Design and Merchandising from FSU, began selling fashionable FSU and UF fanware online in late 2013. The venture quickly became a success. With the help of her husband Matt, who holds a B.S. in Accounting, Finance and Real Estate from FSU, they began growing the business, increasing their inventory frequently in order to offer a consistent flow of new options for their customers. For their new store, the couple has expanded into regular fashion apparel while remembering their collegiate roots and are excited to bring Bows and Arrows Boutique to the booming UTC corridor.

Bows and Arrows Boutique“People are becoming more and more comfortable with shopping online, but there are still shoppers who prefer to be able to see, touch and try on clothing in person before making a purchase,” said Chelsea. “This will give us a chance to reach those customers. Having a brick and mortar location can also make people more comfortable with making future online purchases once they’ve experienced for themselves that we offer quality, true-to-size apparel that is accurately represented by the online images. We’re really excited to open a physical location that will supplement our successful online presence and expose Bows and Arrows Boutique to a larger audience.”

For the store’s grand opening event, every attendee will be entered for a chance to win a $50 gift card and set of Bourbon and Boweties™ Bangles (no purchase necessary). Those who attend will also enjoy 25 percent off all licensed collegiate apparel and a complimentary glass of champagne for anyone over 21 years of age.

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What: Bows and Arrows Boutique Grand Opening Event

Where: The Market at UTC, 5275 University Parkway, STE 133, University Park, FL

When: Saturday July 1, 2017, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Contact: To speak more with Chelsea and Matt about this exciting new addition to the local retail scene, please feel free to contact them at (941) 210-7158 or


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photos provided by Dennis Maley

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