Through the planning of the Grand Opening of The Fig Leaf Boutique, we realized that passion for how God is working is contagious.
When we came in the first day as interns at the Center for Global Outreach in Fort Myers, we knew the general idea surrounding the ministry of The Fig Leaf Boutique but did not yet have the excitement and energy of the boutique's team, Jenn and Janelle. As we began work, we caught the vision and saw more of the importance of the boutique. The Fig Leaf Boutique operates on donations from churches and individuals so that almost all revenue from sales can go to NMSI's Global Outreach Fund towards ministry projects both globally and locally. Our job was to share the mission of The Fig Leaf Boutique through marketing to generate excitement about the store and the boutique's mission.
We held a big grand opening celebration on July 14th to spread the word in the community. Through the planning of this event, we realized that passion for how God is working is contagious. Many people came in because of a featured article in the newspaper, and the Christian Chamber of Commerce attended to officially cut the ribbon!
One woman, Bambi Fischer, is a harpist who volunteered to play for the event. Out of her enthusiasm for the mission of the boutique, she connected us with another woman who donated cupcakes. The cupcakes were fig and orange, with handmade fondant fig leaves on top! The loving attention in those details was apparent. Not only that, but Bambi invited several friends to the grand opening, helping make the day a success as enthusiasm for the Fig Leaf Boutique spread among the attendees. God exceeded our expectations for attendance and sales that day and the week that followed. We are confident that God will continue to increase the impact of The Fig Leaf Boutique as people like Bambi share their passion for how God is working.
As we ourselves continue to share our vision for the Fig Leaf Boutique and the successes God has brought us, we know more people will get excited about the boutique, and donations and customers will keep increasing.
-Venture Interns Rachel Pillard and Katy Malek
Katy, Jenn, Rachel, and Janelle
Bambi at her harp during the Grand Opening