The Posh Peach recently moved into a storefront on Broadway, but your store started online. What are the reasons for the move?
We did local events and enjoyed meeting our customers. It was our favorite part of owning The Posh Peach. We wanted to expand what we offered and have the opportunity to meet our customers on a daily basis. A store offered that for us and seemed like the next step for us.
What's the biggest surprise you weren't prepared for with opening a store?
The renovation of our current store space (in the old Sister Wig shop). Neither of us had ever been through a renovation and there were surprises daily. It took longer than expected, but in the end, everyone who worked on it did an awesome job and it looks amazing!
What drew you to start a boutique, particularly one downtown where there's not much retail shopping?
We started The Posh Peach out of a love for fashion. We aim to help all women feel beautiful for being who they are inside and out. Through fashion, we enjoy helping someone feel good about themselves. We both have always loved Uptown Columbus. It is exciting and there is always something going on. We saw a need in Uptown for a retail store like us, and were happy to be able to join the Uptown community. All the of businesses and residents are incredibly supportive of each other and have been very welcoming.
You and your sister own The Posh Peach. What's that like to work so closely with your family?
We both get to work with our best friend. We are typical sisters of course, but we are very close. We are different, but our personalities compliment each other. You can see a lot of both of us in our store. It's a lot of fun going through this journey and building this business day to day with her.
What's the best-kept secret in the Chattahoochee Valley?
I think the best-kept secret in the Chattahoochee Valley is Uptown. A lot of people flock to North Columbus to live and shop, but "downtown" in Uptown, you find a close-knit community with hip and unique locally-owned and operated businesses and community-grown events for everyone of any age. Uptown really has that city feel with a small-town warmth.
Name: Leah Perry
Job: Co-Owner/Operator of The Posh Peach and Elementary School Teacher
Current home: Columbus
Family: Married with two children
Education: BS.Ed from Troy University
Favorite movie: We Were Soldiers
Favorite restaurant: The Loft
Favorite quote: For I know the plans I have for you, plans to bless you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11