Duchess and Divas

Many business owners in Cypress have found their niche by opening the first shop of its kind in the area, and Kellie Girouard and Shantell Legaspi are no different.

Last April, the women opened a full-service party boutique for girls geared toward dress-up parties, which have themes ranging from rock star diva to spa parties to fairy tea party.

"Shantell has a little girl who had a birthday party at a place in the Heights, and we thought it was a great idea," Girouard said. "We started doing research to see if there was a similar type of business in Cypress, and there was nothing here geared toward just girls."

The parties at Duchess and Divas typically last about an hour and a half to two hours, and activities range from runway shows to chocolate facial masks to mini manicures and pedicures.

"We offer certain themes, but we do our best to customize things," Girouard said.

For 2013, Girouard and Legaspi hope to continue getting the word out about their new business. They have become active in the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce and have enjoyed meeting other members of the Cy-Fair community, Girouard said.

"We rely on the parents who attend our parties to get the word out," she said. "At the end of the day, I think people want a recommendation from someone they know."

By Marie Leonard
Marie came to Community Impact Newspaper in June 2011 after starting her career at a daily newspaper in East Texas. She worked as a reporter and editor for the Cy-Fair edition for nearly 5 years covering Harris County, Cy-Fair ISD, and local development and transportation news. She then moved to The Woodlands edition and covered local politics and development news in the master-planned community before being promoted to managing editor for the South Houston editions in July 2017.