About five years ago, Shonda Daniel was inspired to create a clothing line offering parents unique and affordable fashion for their children. Through her creative design, Shonda’s clothing line Once Upon A Boutique continued to grow through an online store and Facebook group.
Now she is starting her next chapter with a second brick-and-mortar for Once Upon A Boutique.
Her second location will debut in early May at 304 Adamson Square, Suite A, in Carrollton. It comes less than a year after the opening of her first storefront at 131 West Bankhead Highway, Villa Rica, Georgia.
The Carrollton boutique will sell the Once Upon a Boutique clothing line, plus well-established lines such as Angel Dear, Bailey Boys, Banana Split, Blowfish, Bogg Bag, Cientas, Hayden, Honesty, Jeffrey Socks, JoJO Mamam Bebe, Kissy Kissy, L’Amour, Luigi, Magnolia Baby, Natives, Nola Tawk, Paty, Ruffle Butts, Sun Sans, Tea, Three Sister Baby, Three Sisters, Wee Ones, and many others.
When The City Menus first met Shonda, she told us she was seven months pregnant with twins when she made the decision that led to the start of her clothing line. Now a full-time clothing designer, business owner, and mother of eight, she says her children are the reason she works.
She shared, “Owning and operating a business allows me to teach my children the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. My boutique also allows me to live my life with more intention. I believe in turning strangers into friends whom I pray with and minister to.”
She continued, “After growing up in Carrollton and graduating from Villa Rica High School, I always wanted to give back. I am now an active Trojan and Wildcat sponsor. My late mother poured philanthropy into my life, and in her honor I give back as much as I can.”
Shonda also credited Cristi and Tano Phommasith, owners of the Little Hawaiian restaurant in Carrollton, where she previously worked and received an abundance of business sense.