Downtown Greensburg is getting a new women’s boutique as Wight Elephant Boutique, a stylish young shop, is opening a second location on South Pennsylvania Avenue.
Wight Elephant is a fun, trendy, and unique clothing boutique that is full of fashion and color. They offer ‘standout style for the standout girl’, no matter her age! They started out as an online boutique in October of 2016 and through pop up shops at local events and at national pageants, the family owned business opened their flagship store in July of 2018 in downtown Irwin.
Now, they’re ready for their second location and chose downtown Greensburg to open up shop.
“What’s really exciting is having the opportunity to take a historic building in downtown and breathe new life into it with our boutique,” said Victoria Piekut, President of Wight Elephant Boutique. “We feel that Greensburg is going to experience a lot of growth in the next few years and we want to be a part of it!”
After searching for quite awhile for the right storefront, they found the perfect spot at 136 S. PA Ave, which was recently purchased by City Cribs LLC for redevelopment.
“I had modeled for Wight Elephant during the Palace Theater fashion show a few years ago and got to know Victoria and her family,” said Suzanne Ward, partner of City Cribs LLC. “When Jessica from the Downtown Greensburg Project mentioned they were looking for a retail space, it was a no brainer for our newly acquired building on S. PA Ave. As a fellow woman owned business, I’m excited to be a part of bringing them to Greensburg.”
The building had everything they were looking for, from location, architecture, the amount of space, and the charm. Not only will it be a larger store front than their Irwin location but it will accommodate everything they need including an in-house photo studio and a place to process and ship all of their worldwide online orders.
“We take all of our own photography for the website, so having a photo studio in the boutique is going to be a game changer for us,” said Piekut. “We also love working with Suzanne and are very excited for what the future holds for the entire building.”
The addition of the Wight Elephant Boutique to S. PA Ave is one of many exciting projects happening on that street. With many projects in development throughout town, this will be a welcome addition to the growing small business sector of downtown Greensburg.
“I have followed Wight Elephant’s successful storefront and online store for about a year now and couldn’t be happier to have them become a part of Greensburg’s Downtown,” said City Administrator, Kelsye Milliron. “The more we have in our Downtown, the more people will come Downtown; and I can see Wight Elephant attracting many visitors once they open!”
The unique name, Wight Elephant, has an interesting backstory involving White Oak, an island off the coast of England, elephant bones and Queen Victoria. The Piekut family loved the name White Elephant, a former dance club in White Oak, but the business name was already registered. After looking up different variations of that they found ‘wight’ and the Isle of Wight. Through extensive research, they discovered that elephant bones were found on the island along with Queen Victoria having a home there. With Victoria Piekut, who has competed in pageants, the President of Wight Elephant and the coincidences surrounding the name, it stuck.
“There were too many coincidences and we figured God was showing us signs to name it Wight Elephant Boutique,” said owner, Jeff Piekut.
The boutique’s premier collection, the Isle of Wight Collection, and a lot of its pieces come out of the UK. They also donate a portion of the proceeds of their handmade, beaded elephant charm necklaces to the Save the Elephants Foundation in Africa.
There isn’t an official open date for their Greensburg location yet but they’re hoping to be in as soon as possible.
“I am so excited to continue to grow Wight Elephant,” said Victoria Piekut. “Our Greensburg customers have already been very supportive of us and our Irwin location! We’re excited to bring our unique sense of style a little bit closer to them.”