The Pop-Up Boutique located in the Pivot Physical Therapy Clinic at 124 Main Ave. N. in Choteau features a variety of unique items for gifts or a treat for yourself.
Heather Hodgskiss, the owner of Pivot Physical Therapy, invites shoppers to stop by the boutique during the Choteau Christmas stroll from noon to 7 p.m. to shop and enjoy a cup of her special alcoholic Holly Jolly Punch or non-alcoholic Grinch punch. If you can’t make it to the stroll, the boutique will be open Monday through Friday whenever the sign is in front of the business, generally from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hodgskiss started the Pop-Up Boutique in June for visitors attending the Front Range Yoga Festival. The clinic served as the headquarters for the event that drew 100 people to Choteau for the two-day event.
“I was familiar with Pop-Up Boutiques,” Hodgskiss said. “I originally had lined up a business from Great Falls to provide the service and when that didn’t work out, decided I could give it a try myself.”
When she started, the boutique offered purses, jewelry, essential oils and handcrafted wood pieces made by her father and brother, Terry and Ben Hill from Great Falls. Hodgskiss added mugs and Montana-made items from her mother-in-law’s business, Country Hallmark, to the boutique.
The response was very positive from those attending the yoga festival and even more pleasing was the local residents’ excitement and support.
The original idea was to open the Pop-Up Boutique for the yoga event, but Hodgskiss smiled when she said six months later, it has grown and will continue to be open through the holiday season. From there, Hodgskiss will decide the future of the boutique moving forward.
Over the months, Hodgskiss has expanded what is sold in the one-room Pop-Up Boutique. “My ideas was to utilize small companies,” she said. “I especially like when they are located in Montana.”
She does most of her shopping through a company online featuring thousands of small business. There is a story to read for each of the business, giving a little insight into the person offering the wares to give the shopping experience a more personal touch, Hodgskiss said.
Other goals for Hodgskiss include offering affordable products that compliment what was already offered in Choteau. The price range goes from $4 to $300 for some of the art pieces.
Since opening, she has added to the original selection: clothing, women’s leggings and tops, selected items for children, moccasins and slip-on slippers, ornaments, Montana children’s books, lipsticks, hats, bath products, socks, handmade cards, metal art, gloves and belts. The new jewelry features pieces by an artist from Whitefish that have Montana Sapphires and another artist’s pieces that include Montana agates.
A jewelry maker herself for years, Hodgskiss also sells pieces she has created using natural stones, leather, sterling and copper materials.
In addition to the boutique, Hodgskiss also sells physical therapy supplies from cold compresses to foam rollers, tape, walking sticks and yoga straps.
Hodgskiss is in charge of the orders for the boutique, admitting it is fun, but takes a lot of time. Pivot receptionist J.R. Hanusa helps with sales during busy hours at the clinic.