Boutique look available online: Western Alamance grad creates own business

Olivia Henry models outfits from the online boutique, "What She Wants Boutique," which was created by 2014 Western Alamance High School graduate Hannah Headen. Angela Norton Photography / Special to the Times-News

By Kaitlin Gillespie
Times-News correspondent

   Being a young adult this day and age is tough, but having the courage to take your dream, run with it, and being prepared to accept the risks and rewards is the definition of tough. Hannah Headen, a 2014 graduate of Western Alamance High School, has taken the leap of faith, and through determination and tenacity, has brought her dream of being an entrepreneur to fruition.
Headen recently opened her own online boutique called “What She Wants Boutique,” specializing in unique clothing and accessories. When asked what inspired her, Headen said this wasn’t her original plan; she had actually planned to become a nurse but through her friends and family decided to go the more risky route and follow her dreams. The whirlwind adventure, Headen said, has been well worth it, and “getting to put together outfits, arrange photo shoots, and work on the website” has been an absolute treasure.
While not everyone can afford boutique clothing, Headen realizes the struggles of being a young adult and finding clothes that both flatter the wearer’s body type and are affordable. Nothing in the store is outrageously priced, but in being a good business owner, she does only carry quality clothes within her online store.
When asked what advice she would give to other young adults on being an entrepreneur, Headen replied, “I’ll leave you with my favorite quote by Leah LaBelle that I have looked at throughout this whole journey … ‘Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.’ ”
It takes a special person to truly embrace their love and passion for something and turn it into a business, and Headen truly is an inspiration to all young entrepreneurs. Working long nights, promoting her business, and going to different fashion markets to personally pick out pieces she wants to present in her store, she is sure to be a great success. To view the website of “What She Wants Boutique,” visit

 Kaitlin Gillespie is a sophomore at Western Carolina University and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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