When Linda Scheinbach opened Lou’s Boutique in Albertson three years, she said, it was her passion to provide women with new and unique accessories that drove her to get into the business.
“I wanted to offer women fun stuff, a place to go to get birthday gifts or housewarming gifts,” Scheinbach said.
Scheinbach, an Old Westbury resident, said she was in the medical business since 1975, working as a medical assistant and teaching as a lab procedure instructor before opening the boutique.
“I just decided to open up a boutique and went with it,” she said. “It’s something I really wanted to do.”
Lou’s Boutique, at 1038 Willis Ave. shares its location with Ultissima Hair Stylists at 1040 Willis Ave., something Scheinbach said is unique for her customers.
“A lot of people come to get their hair done each week,” she said. “I have to always have something new for them.”
Scheinbach says she shops for her own accessories and products, which include handbags, jewelry, cosmetic cases and bathroom accessories, such as shower caps and towels. Scheinbach said she sells a lot of unique products as well, such as “half raps,” a bath towel for women.
“I have a lot of regulars who always tell me how unique and beautiful my selection is,” she said.
Scheinbach said she is the first choice for a lot of her customers who need to pick up gifts.
“I’ve had people call me right before closing and ask me to wait and that they were on their way here to pick something up,” she said.
Along with the accessories she sells, Scheinbach also provides unique monograms on certain items, such as handbags.
“It’s really about making the experience unique to every individual customer,” she said.
Scheinbach said that running her boutique has been a fulfilling experience for her.
“It’s a lot of fun,” she said. “It’s also a lot of work.”
Lou’s Boutique is open Tuesday though Saturday form 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.