New boutique opens at exchange

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  • By 2nd Lt. Allanna Jones
  • 81st Training Wing Public Affairs
Pink and glitz has hit Keesler full force with the base exchange's newest shop, Glam 31 Boutique.

Shop owner Valerie Cunningham said she wanted a place that, "exuded femininity for women in and out of uniform, helping them discover their inner glamour girl.

"I have been in beauty and fashion for 30 years and have always had a passion for creating and selling things that are visually appealing," said Cunningham.

What makes the boutique unique is its vast military support. Some of the products sold are handmade by spouses and military members, playing into the family environment on which the military prides itself.

"The boutique caters to fashion savvy customers with a personal appreciation for exclusivity, femininity, and glamour at an affordable price," said Cunningham. "I have strived for an atmosphere that is visually appealing while inviting."

"What I enjoy the most is that a lot of the merchandise is made by local military wives which clearly shows her support. Glam 31 is a great addition to the Keesler exchange," said Jennie Smith, a customer and the boutique's photographer.

This summer the boutique plans on holding an etiquette summer camp for ages 5-18, showing the boutique's involvement at Keesler. Glam 31 is more than just a store, but a service leader on a mission to shape young children and teens in the community.

"All the beautiful talent that is represented shows the sisterhood of military spouses," said Cunningham. "It's all about the military love I have created and want to share."