Mary Rose is my mama's middle name. I named the boutique and the foundation after my mom. She has always been my number 1 supporter, through everything, and I love her dearly.
I am the CEO of Mary Rose NW Boutique, Founder at the Mary Rose Foundation, author and eating disorder awareness activist. My name is Julie Allen and this is why I started Mary Rose.
I decided to open Mary Rose boutique when I was six weeks postpartum after having my first son. I was working in the healthcare field in Post acute Care as a physical therapist assistant prior to having my son. I did not want to go back to working in healthcare, but I honestly had no idea what I wanted to do.
I decided to go clothes shopping 6 weeks after I had Everett. He was my first baby and I had no idea how difficult that experience that would be. I remember being in the fitting room with my 6-week-old and my husband, and breaking down in tears.
Nothing fit, and I felt terrible about my body and myself. Nobody outwardly said there was something wrong with my body because nothing fit, but those were these subtle messages plastered all over the department stores. From the one size mannequins, to the photos on the wall, the message was simple…if I did not fit into this one box that was deemed acceptable, something was wrong with me. I decided right then and there I would open a boutique that was different.
I had no idea what that meant at the time, but I knew there needed to be a place where women in all bodies could shop and feel loved, accepted, and beautiful.
A year later, Mary Rose NW Boutique officially started. The boutique has grown and changed in ways that I never could have imagined. But the mission has always stayed steadfast and true. Mary Rose is a safe space.
A place for people in all bodies to feel beautiful and empowered.
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