APOLLO BEACH – Folks may be many be surprised that Grace Whitmyer and Sharil Nenarella are ready to retire. After all, they’re both in their mid 50s and still have lots of energy.
That’s the point, they say.
Co-owners of Hangovers Boutique – a ladies fine apparel consignment shop – for more than four years, the pair has decided to close their consignment shop to spend time with their families.
“We feel we’re missing out on so many important things in life,” Whitmyer said. “Jody (her husband) is retired, and I want to be able to travel with him.
“We’re both excited and ready for this change,” she said.
Nenarella will follow suit.
“I plan on having a better and closer relationship with all 11 of my grand babies,” said Nenarella, who just celebrated the birth of her newest grandson July 25.
“I also want to volunteer for more charity work,” she added. “Being able to help out so many people was a very rewarding aspect of our business, and I enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to RVing with my husband. I have relatives and great friends all over the United States.”
Their target date for closing the boutique is Aug. 17, when the last consignor’s merchandise is due to come off the floor.
“We don’t want to leave anyone hanging,” Whitmyer said. “We want people to have time to pick up their unsold items; if not, we’ll donate them to Mary & Martha House or one of several church thrift shops.”
The women actually made the decision to retire about six months ago but didn’t tell anyone until recently.
“We kept it quiet because of the Apollo Beach grapevine,” Whitmyer said, smiling. “We told our husbands about two weeks ago and posted it on Facebook. Then people told people who told people.”
There is still plenty of discounted merchandise in the store, which will be further reduced as the closing nears.
For Whitmyer, a former occupational therapist for 30 years, this is her second retirement. Nenarella actually came up with the idea to open the consignment boutique and convinced Whitmyer to join her.
“We learned the business as we went along,” Whitmyer said. “It turned out to be a lot of work but we’ve had lots of fun and made many great friends of our customers.”
Anyone who consigned merchandise from May forward needs to come by the store at 1311 Apollo Beach Blvd. S. They will be referred to Julia’s Closet in Brandon or FiFi’s Fine Resale Apparel in Apollo Beach.
Meanwhile, everything in the store is being liquidated and the 2,000-square-foot space is for rent. If interested, call Jody Whitmyer at (813) 508-2355.