Carrie Rengers

A special love is behind the new Heart to Heart Boutique at Robinson's on State

The new Heart to Heart Boutique in Robinson's on State in Augusta will offer an outlet for disabled individuals to sell items they create and a place for people with sensory issues to shop.
The new Heart to Heart Boutique in Robinson's on State in Augusta will offer an outlet for disabled individuals to sell items they create and a place for people with sensory issues to shop. Courtesy photo

Sue Jones hasn't been looking for ways to give away space at her Robinson's on State store in Augusta, but that's what's happening with the new Heart to Heart Boutique.

"It's not for me to make money," Jones says. "It is to offer a venue."

There are a couple of inspirations behind the boutique, which will offer an outlet for disabled individuals to sell items they create and a place for people with sensory issues to shop.

"We've got all these products coming together in this boutique," Jones says. "It's small to begin with, so it'll be a little bit crowded."

Jones served on the Arc of Butler County and met someone who had a vision for a store like this.

She "maintains there are a lot of people who get pigeonholed . . . because they don't really have a place for their creative outlet," Jones says.

Heart to Heart is partnering with Flinthills Services in El Dorado and the Stadium program in Andover schools to sell products such as dog biscuits, art, jewelry and beaded lanyards made by disabled people.

Also, Jones' daughter adopted two girls with sensory issues, and she's been searching for products to help the girls. She's created chewable jewelry to help her children and others with sensory issues. The jewelry will be in the shop as well.

The boutique also will have weighted blankets and personalized seat belt covers that a woman in Wichita makes.

"All those little pieces kind of came together," Jones says.

Heart to Heart opens on Saturday.

"There's been a lot of interest from special education teachers," Jones says.

"People are really excited about it."

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com.
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