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Olivia Boutique to donate 15% of Nov. 1 sales to charity

Olivia Boutique co-owner, María Santiago (right) helps customer Andrea Rivero try on a cuff bracelet.

On Nov. 1st, Olivia Boutique in Condado will ring in the holiday season by hosting a Christmas event in benefit of the Fundación Pro-Ayuda de Puerto Rico. That day, the shop will donate 15 percent of its total sales to the foundation that helps less fortunate children get ahead.

The high-end clothing shop — which opened in February 2012 — is run by mother-daughter duo Consuelo Rivera and María Santiago and offers a combination of fashionable attire as well as shoes, handbags and accessories. On Thursday, Olivia Boutique will offer cocktails, music, and hors d’oeuvres to patrons, Santiago said.

“We have coordinated this promotion so our clientele can shop to look fabulous while [knowing that] part of their spending will go toward a generous cause,” she said.

Some of the clothing lines that are available at Olivia Boutique are: Mara Hoffman, Cynthia Rowley, Rory Beca, Contrarian, Stone Cold Fox, Torn by Ronny Kobo, Kain, Miguelina; jewelry, Jennifer Zeuner, Mercedes Salazar, Dara Ettinger; shoes, Pour la Victoire, Jean Michel Cazabat, Menorquinas, and other styles of espadrilles, handbags, Will’s leather goods, Serpui Marie, clutches, among many more.

“Olivia is for every woman,” says Consuelo Rivera, mother and owner. “My daughter and I opened this store because we have always enjoyed shopping together.”

“We created a welcoming space where our clientele feels cozy while choosing the ‘it’ pieces they crave to have in their closet,” said Rivera, noting that she and her daughter work jointly choosing the lines and pieces sold at the trendy shop, which change on a weekly basis.

Meanwhile, Vivian Freije, president of nonprofit Fundación Pro-Ayuda, said “In this Christmas season, when we’re called upon to share our blessings, it is heartwarming that we can count on people, like Olivia Boutique, that support our goal of helping children and teenagers who are abused and live in social and economic disadvantage in our island.”

Olivia Boutique opens Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Business reporter with 25 years of experience writing for weekly and daily newspapers, as well as trade publications in Puerto Rico. My list of former employers includes Caribbean Business, The San Juan Star, and the Puerto Rico Daily Sun, among others. My areas of expertise include telecommunications, technology, retail, agriculture, tourism, banking and most other areas of the economy.

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