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Oh la la: Mother-daughter team creates one stop fashion shop

Mother-daughter duo Leah Ann and Leah Messer saw a need for a store that focused on both jewelry and gifts, so they decided to create it themselves. Thus, Merci Beaucoup was born.
“You can get whatever you need here… We just kinda ended up taking it on and kept going,” Leah said.
Merci Beaucoup, located on Corporate Boulevard, celebrated its 10th anniversary this past October.
Since opening, the store has expanded from just jewelry to adding gifts and clothing. But the main focus is still on the local jewelry designs.
Mother and founder, Leah Ann, started with her line of jewelry called Beaucoup Designs in 2005. Leah later followed her mother with her own line, Teragram Designs. The brands are very different in style. Beaucoup Designs incorporates a classic, everyday look, while Teragram Designs has a more earthy feel.
Beaucoup Designs incorporates metal jewelry designs that include chain link styles with glass beads and pearls. The line has expanded to wholesale and is now available to thousands of stores around the country.
In the last couple of years, the Beaucoup Designs line has added designs that can be engraved along with other gifts available in the store to be engraved and monogrammed.
“We got into the engraving business. That is what actually has really taken off in the last few years,” said Leah. “We have the swell bottles and the cork cycles. And then we started doing it with the jewelry. So we have different plates and bar necklaces, bracelets and rings.”
Beaucoup Designs does its engraving in-store, so the customer doesn’t have to come back to pick it up. Leah says the engraving usually takes about five minutes.
Leah’s line, Teragram Designs include medium to large beads, crystals, stones and leather tassels.
The Teragram Designs line is more for the casual woman, but also an adventurous one. Some of the pieces are strong, bold and meant to make a statement.
Leah also explained that they have a bridal discount for those looking to buy gifts for their bridal party.
“We do a bridal discount all year round. If a bride comes in and registers with us they get 15 percent off …they get the discount on all of their purchases from that day until their wedding day.”
The discount isn’t only for the bride. When the bride registers, she is asked for the names of the bridesmaids also so they can also receive the bridal discount.
“It also applies to the bridesmaids. So if they need to get an outfit for an event or if they need to get gifts for the bride they can do that and get the 15 percent off as well.”
Merci Beaucoup is located at 7939 Corporate Boulevard. For more information or online shopping, visit their website at www.mercib.net.

Photo by Madeline Simpson.

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