Maple Phoenix is a new boutique that opened its doors at Biltmore Fashion Park in March. Here, customers find a unique mix of children’s treasures chosen from around the world, including such hot spots as Paris, London and the U.S. Maple sells clothing, accessories, toys and a selection of natural apothecary. Looking for ancient Greek sandals? They have them too. The ladies in charge are co-owners Kristy Langley, the boutique’s founder; and Christine Lee.
“Maple Phoenix is a magical luxury children’s boutique that provides high-quality clothing and products,” Kristy says.
Kristy graduated from a fashion school in Los Angeles and then went to work at Ralph Lauren in New York. She left her job to start a family and travel with her husband, but she never lost her desire to be creative.
“When my daughter turned 4, I wanted to find something that would allow me to share my knowledge and passion. Loving to dress my child in well-made, beautiful clothing, I struggled to find places to shop here in Arizona. Then one day it just hit me: ‘I’ll open my own,’” Kristy says.
She was inspired by some of the best children’s stores and knew the perfect person to go into business with, her friend Christine. They were both stay-at-home moms and wives of professional golfers.
“She was creative, stylish and relatable. It was the perfect partnership, and we love doing it together,” Kristy says.
Their clientele includes lots of moms, grandmothers, aunts and friends shopping for the children in their lives. The pair sells jewelry for both children and adults, but the majority of their products are geared for newborns to preteens.
“Our customers come to Maple for brands that can’t be found in all of Arizona. Kristy and I love taking time with our customers, getting to know their style, and helping them find what works best for them,” Christine says.
They also enjoy hosting events like the one they held on Mother’s Day, offering moms and kids an opportunity to have their photo taken together. Kids also made natural bath salts for their moms.
“We want the store to be more than just a place for people to buy things. We want to play a small part in the people’s journey we come across,” Christine says.
For more information, visit MaplePhoenix.com.
"We realize things are just things at the end of the day. But Kristy and I have a passion for style and fashion, and that is one way we show our love and inspiration." –Christine Lee