Jasper's newest boutique is ‘Top Notch’


JASPER — Alyssa (Knepp) Wagler of Montgomery was looking for a profession she could see herself doing the rest of her life.


After graduating from Barr-Reeve High School, she went to cosmetology school, but realized she didn’t love it. She thought about a job she had in high school working at a clothing store, and knew that was her answer. She could own her own store.

So, she used the money that had been saved for her to attend college to buy a “mini-barn” — a small barn where her store could operate — and inventory and Top Notch Boutique opened last November in Washington. In March, she was able to move out of the mini-barn and into a space on Main Street in Washington that she shares with a salon.

Business has been going so well that Wagler opened a second Top Notch Boutique location Saturday in the former Flower Stall space in Jasper’s Southgate Shopping Center.

“We sell women’s, young, contemporary clothes, footwear and accessories,” the 20-year-old said. Her goal is to try to keep everything in her boutique $40 or less.

“I try to keep stuff affordable,” she said.

Wagler chose Jasper for her store’s second location because she has family who works in the area. She said it’s also an easy, 35-minute commute for her from Montgomery, where she and her husband, Adam, live.

Wagler said she never expected to own one clothing store, let alone two. She enjoys being her own boss and going to market to pick out her inventory.

Top Notch Boutique is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at its location at 347 U.S. 231 in Jasper.

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