Tucked away inside historic Jennings Arcade in downtown Bradenton, you will find the Unique Boutique, an upscale clothing resale boutique.
Both the Bradenton and Sarasota Centers have career closets where our clients “shop” for outfits to wear for interviews or work. All items are free. The community has always been very generous in donating shoes, clothing and accessories to WRC and often times we would have more than our career closets could hold….what a great opportunity.
Longtime WRC volunteer and supporter, Jaymie Carter, had an idea of what to do with the generous donations we were receiving, open a resale store that would support the programs at WRC. In late 2005, she and her husband Mike, donated space in Jennings Arcade to launch the boutique. Almost thirteen years later the Unique Boutique, also referred to as the “UB”, has raised more than four hundred fifty thousand dollars to support WRC and our programming.
The key to the success of UB is Store Manager Becky Arpaia and her team of volunteers. We have more than 30 fabulous volunteers who work at UB and in our clothing sorting room. We would not be able to run the boutique or the career closets without them.
Unique Boutique is located at 417 12th Street West in Bradenton. It is open Tuesday-Friday from 11am to 5pm, and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. On the first Thursday of every month, UB hosts a special sale from 10 am to 6pm called “Girls’ Day Out.” All merchandise is 50% off, except the 80% Off Rack and the Poshmark Closet, the Unique Corner. This is a fun girlfriends outing and there are always great bargains!
Unique Boutique also supplies WRC’s Career Closets, open in the Bradenton and Sarasota Centers Monday-Thursday from 9am-5pm and Fridays from 9-11am.
This summer, Unique Boutique is participating in “Summer in the Arcade” events taking place in Jennings Arcade from 10am-4pm on the third Thursday though September. Summer in the Arcade events highlight local vendors as well as all of the stores in the arcade. Shoppers can enjoy great local deals!
If you happen to be visiting downtown Bradenton, stop by UB, where Becky and her team will be there to greet you with a smile. Also, think of WRC when cleaning out your closets. We accept donations at all Centers and Unique Boutique.
For more information about UB, please call 941-750-0032 and for donation information, please call 941-256-9721. Our staff and volunteers will be happy to answer questions you might have.
Thank you for your support of the Women’s Resource Center and Unique Boutique!