As a single mother of three, Denise Cline started a website six years ago so that she could be home with her children, selling Minky fabrics and custom blankets. The venture eventually grew into a larger business called The Minky Boutique and its line of baby products called “Homespun Elegance.”
Cline will sell her products at Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in Kannapolis for the first time on April 30, offering great discounts on discontinued items and a sneak peek at her newest line.
Visitors can browse her handcrafted Minky baby blankets, security blankets, adult blankets, bibs, booties and more.
At her home workshop, Cline and her staff – with over 100 years of sewing experience combined – create high quality products that are sold regularly in Zulily events, in a booth at Blacklion in Huntersville, on the website, www.theminkyboutique.com, and now, at the Kaleidoscope festival.
The Minky Boutique also was featured recently on the “Made in North Carolina” series.
Cline’s biggest challenge is keeping her product quality as high as possible. “The only way I’ve found to do that is to have my own shop and create all the items in-house,” she said. “I tested a manufacturer several years ago, but the quality just wasn’t there. I want to keep every item we sell hand-crafted and of superior quality.”
Cline is grateful that her lifelong hobby, started at the age of 9, has turned into a business.
“I’m blessed to get to make a living doing what I would be doing for fun,” she said.