As the fashionable Britash boutique celebrates its first year in business, owners Christie, Ashleigh and Brittanie are pulling out all the stops

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(L-R): Brittanie Edelman, Christie Olson and Ashleigh Olson are celebrating the first year anniversary of their boutique Britash. (Photography: Benjamin Margalit)

By Mary Malik

Britash fashion and beauty boutique in Mentor is celebrating its first birthday—and you’re invited. The only thing more welcoming than the atmosphere here just might be the owners themselves.

Christie Olson and daughters Ashleigh Olson and Brittanie Edelman took their combined experiences in beauty, business and fashion and launched the boutique in June 2018.

“We wanted something small scale and intimate but also to be able to offer even more than clothing,” says Christie.

“Britash also offers jewelry, accessories, and bath and body products, along with men’s and baby items. All of that, along with a sweet homemade treat, a cup of coffee or tea and unparalleled customer service and Britash is a unique shopping experience.”

The ladies had the idea of offering sweets to evoke a more relaxed atmosphere, where customers could take their time and browse through all that Britash has to offer. Customer service starts at the front door, where you are instantly greeted with a welcoming smile and a warm greeting.

Along with a sweet homemade treat, a cup of coffee or tea and unparalleled customer service, Britash is a unique shopping experience.

“We are here to help if needed, or leave you to browse, whatever your preference,” says Ashleigh. “We won’t pressure you. There’s a lot to see so take your time and let us know if you need anything.”

As seasoned shoppers, these ladies knew what they wanted in a store but, more importantly, also knew what they didn’t want.

“We love to help people find just the right thing for work, a date night, that special occasion or a hostess or birthday gift for a friend,” says Brittanie. “And whether you’re 16 or 60, there’s something for everyone.”

The atmosphere is comfortable at Britash, and customers have become friends.

“Customers pop in to show us how they look in a piece, or call to ask if there’s something new we can set aside for them,” says Ashleigh. “We care about our customers personally. You just don’t get that at a department store.”

That’s why the ladies chose the Mentor location for Britash. Once again, they were fulfilling a need.

Britash, a quaint, free-standing boutique, is located on Mentor Avenue.

“Ashleigh and I grew up here and graduated from Lake Catholic,” says Brittanie. “We always went to the mall to shop or had to leave Mentor to find smaller shops with unique items for reasonable prices. So, we decided to create it ourselves.”

And if you can’t make it to Britash during regular store hours, they have solved that problem, too. They offer private shopping parties.

“Come in after hours and bring your friends and we’ll wait on you while you visit, enjoy a glass of wine, and, of course, shop,” says Ashleigh. “It’s a great night out anytime, but especially to get a jump on your holiday gift list.”

Britash’s dreamlike atmosphere offers gorgeous attire and accessories at affordable price points.

As hostess, you receive 25 percent off your purchases and your guests receive ten percent off. Everyone leaves with a bag full of goodies to take home. Customers provide their own food and drinks and let Britash do the rest.

“We have a motto here, ‘kindness matters,’” says Christie. “We lead with kindness every day, and the staff and our customers respond. We love making you feel beautiful on the outside, but mostly on the inside. It’s been an exciting year, so stop in and celebrate with us.”

Britash is located at 9324 Mentor Ave. in Mentor. For store hours and information on private parties, call 440-543-1094 or check them out on Facebook.