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Meet Mandi Dunn

Q&A with the New Owner of Blush Boutique

Article by Mandi Dunn

Photography by Kenzie Dunn-Morris at KenziePhotos.com

Originally published in Greeley Lifestyle

What in your past career led you to your new venture at Blush Boutique?

I have spent the last 10 years as a floral designer. It is a beautiful, fun, creative job, but after a decade I lost my passion for design. I needed something different. I love that God’s timing is always perfect, even if we don’t see it at first.

When I was ready for a change, Emilie was able to offer me a position at Blush and I fell in love with it even more than I had as a customer. I hear all the time how much people love the space. It is calming and refreshing, not just for our customers but for the employees as well.

When you're not running Blush, what do you like to do for fun?

My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family, especially my husband and our 12-year-old daughter. We love watching her play soccer.

I still love doing flowers occasionally and freelancing. I am helping coach high school volleyball at my alma mater, Dayspring Christian Academy. I also enjoy movies and reading and spending time with my church community at Open Fields Church in Greeley.

If you could tell Blush customers one thing that you're most excited about as the new owner, what would it be?

I’m excited about the opportunity to build on what Emilie started. She has created such a well-loved institution downtown, and I'm looking forward to carrying on that tradition. I'm also really looking forward to some of the events we have coming up and some of the new products we will be offering. We have some fun things planned in the near future.  It's fun to be part of the community of small businesses in downtown Greeley and I'm excited about working together to help us all succeed. Most importantly though, I'm looking forward to reaching people in our community to make them all feel loved, beautiful and like the world needs who they were made to be.

How did you end up in Greeley?

I’m a Greeley native, born and raised! My husband, daughter and I live on my family’s farm in the homestead built by my great-grandfather in 1918. Sadie is the 5th generation to be raised in our house! It is a special legacy to now be a business owner in my hometown.

How did you become the owner of Blush? 

I started working for Emilie in April 2022. I don’t think either of us had any idea of what God had planned for us! About a year later, Emilie shared the news that she intended to close Blush. After a difficult year of dealing with my mental health and the burnout I experienced, I saw Blush as a healing space filled with peace and joy. I told Emilie that in many ways I felt Blush saved me, and now it’s my turn to save Blush. I am so honored that Emilie has entrusted me to carry on what she has started here because Blush is really something special.

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