Fort Payne Main Street: Why did you decide to start a business?
Courtney: I decided to start Cotton State Boutique because as a boy mom, I know the struggle of finding cute boutique/smocked clothing. The majority of it has to be pre ordered and as a result you wait months for the item. I wanted to have options for various holidays, special occasions, and everyday wear that you don’t have to wait to get.
Fort Payne Main Street: Was there a defining moment when you said…..yep, I’m going to do this?
Courtney: The defining moment for me was when my husband was on board with the idea too. He said let’s go for it! He has been there to help every step of the way.
Fort Payne Main Street: How long have you been in business in downtown Fort Payne?
Courtney: We opened our doors during the Corona Virus Pandemic at the end of July. It was certainly a risk due to the state of our country, but we have implemented and followed safety precautions to ensure a safe shopping experience for our customers. We also have a website for customers who do not live locally and the option for curbside pick up.
Fort Payne Main Street: Why did you choose downtown Fort Payne as a place to locate your business?
Courtney: We chose historic downtown Fort Payne because we have always enjoyed visiting and walking around downtown and attending events here. As a business owner we get the opportunity to participate in upcoming events and markets and that was certainly a big bonus!
Fort Payne Main Street: What has been the high point of owning your business/company?
Courtney: The high point of owning this business has been establishing relationships with our customers that come in and frequently support our small business. I plan on continuing to grow and offer more items and brands, and I am so thankful for every customer that walks in that door!
Fort Payne Main Street: What advice would you give to women who are thinking of starting a business?
Courtney: The best advice I can give to women thinking of starting a business is that it will take a lot of time, sacrifices, and a whole lot of help from family and friends to be successful. PRAY ABOUT IT and then just go for it!
Cotton State Boutique,LLC.
115 First Street East
FORT PAYNE, Alabama 35967, US
Monday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm