Get out there and shop local!


Stephanie Curnow

The cozy environment of the boutique provides for a great view of the various displays.

Small businesses provide a strong sense of community. In this age of internet shopping and mass production, the fate of small businesses is largely dependent on the locals. 

By putting in the extra effort we can keep our communities thriving. Small Business Saturday was invented by American Express on Nov. 27, 2010 to give small businesses exposure and inspire consumers to shop local. While most people will be shopping at major retailers on Black Friday, don’t forget to shop locally on Small Business Saturday.

Dupont City Councilwoman Sonia Garza, a frequent supporter of small businesses, says “When we, as consumers, support a small business, we are not only directly impacting the financial health of the business owner, but we are also helping build healthy commerce and supporting them in their ‘American dream!’”

Garza is a supporter of a clothing boutique named 27 West. It is located at 1430 Wilmington Dr Suite 160, DuPont, WA and is owned by military spouse, Stephanie Curnow. The employees at this boutique are also military spouses who were provided jobs by 27 West.

When Curnow started her business the main focus was building a strong community not only with the customers but with other small businesses as well. “I have hosted over 20 veteran and military spouse-owned businesses in the store, allowing others to expand their business,” said Curnow.

 27 West recently celebrated its 2-year anniversary on Nov 12, 2022, where many family, friends, and customers enjoyed a wonderful party including Stephanie’s gender reveal. Curnow’s goal was for everyone to feel welcomed and which she has successfully fulfilled. Garza states, “what Stephanie has created is a sense of community and belonging that every woman, military spouse, and patron can connect with.” 

Small businesses like 27 West can create connections and memories, something worth checking out.