Fashion-Forward Tristah's Boutique Is Grand Lake's Newest Shopping Destination
“I want to sell clothing that will complement women,” said Alieta Rupp. “Nice clothes that women feel comfortable wearing, that they feel pretty in.”
With the opening of her own chic and trendy store, Tristah’s Boutique, Rupp is realizing her dream.
Located in Brentwood Place on South Main in Grove, Tristah’s Boutique opened for customers on May 1, without any fanfare, yet women from all around the Grand Lake area stopped by to check out the new boutique and what it had to offer. And they are liking — and buying — what they find.
The selection of trendy apparel and stylish jewelry at Tristah’s Boutique is like nothing available on Grand Lake, which is exactly what Rupp intended.
“Tristah’s will have different collections than what you’ll find at other Grand Lake boutiques,” Rupp said.
Her plan isn’t to compete against other area boutiques but to enhance what is already available.
There are no cookie-cutter products or cheaply made items at Tristah’s Boutique. Each piece is hand-selected by Rupp with a focus to fashion-forward style and attention to detail, so you know you’ll find unique, one-of-a-kind looks that will appeal to women of all ages.
From tops and dresses to pants and lounge sets, the selection of women’s clothing at Tristah’s Boutique has a casual and relaxed vibe yet also includes pieces for dressier occasions. So whether you’re playing on the lake, shopping with friends or attending a social event, you’ll find something at Tristah’s Boutique that will make you feel fabulous, no matter the occasion.
Most of the collections and brands at Tristah’s Boutique are seasonal as Rupp tries out different items to see what appeals to the women of Grand Lake.
“I want to find lines that make a woman feel good. I want to know what they [her customers] like, what they want to see and what would make them feel like a million dollars,” Rupp said.
Sizes will also be determined by Tristah’s Boutique clientele.
All of the brands and lines featured at the boutique are those that offer pieces in a wide array of sizes, from slim to curvy. For instance, Tristah’s Boutique carries jeans from the Silver Jeans Co. These high-quality jeans are available in a variety of fits for literally every body. Straight, curvy, tall, short, slim, muscular or somewhere in between, Silver jeans has something for everyone.
And, like all of the lines available at the boutique, if your size of Silver jeans is not in stock, special orders are available.
More Than An Apparel Store
Trendy and fashion-forward also applies to the stylish jewelry and accessories available at Tristah’s Boutique, which includes select Louis Vuitton bags, clutches and watchbands.
A unique selection of gift items are also in stock. These include changing seasonal items like colorful wristlets and pool cover ups. Tristah’s Boutique also has the govino go anywhere line of glasses. Perfect for lake living, several styles of these shatterproof, reusable glasses are available, including wine, whiskey and beer glasses.
Tristah’s Boutique is the Grand Lake connection for the Tyler Candle Company line of high-quality, high-performance fragranced candles. The selection available includes an array of scents and sizes from jars to beautifully boxed four-wick candles and votives. Experience the difference. All Tyler Candle Company candles are guaranteed to fragrance a room in minutes.
Also available from Tyler Candle Company is Glamorous Wash, a fine laundry detergent designed to explore and expands the power of fragrance for an intimate glamour experience.
Rupp has admired fashion since she was a child. She cites her mother and aunt as “glamorous women” who were the first to influence her.
“I’ve always been a fashion person,” Rupp said. “Growing up, we didn’t have a lot of money but our mother sewed all our dresses. I felt as well-dressed as anybody.”
Through Tristah’s Boutique, Rupp wants to bring that same understanding of how looking good can make a woman feel good to her clientele.
No matter their age or size, Rupp encourages women to come in and talk to her. She looks forward to helping women find the fashions and pieces that make them feel good about themselves.
“I want women to feel comfortable enough to shop with me and feel safe, knowing they can come in no matter what their age is or what their size and talk to me and let me help them dress themselves so they feel good about themselves.”
With the opening of Tristah’s Boutique, Rupp looks forward to being part of the Grand Lake community. She and her husband, Rob, are newcomers to the area, having moved to Grove in 2017, when Rob became the new president of Integris Grove Hospital.
The couple has two daughters and four grandchildren. Because she named her boutique after the couple’s only granddaughter, Tristah, the proud grandmother jokes that they may have to open other businesses to name after their grandsons.
Tristah’s Boutique is not Rupp’s first retails business. She had an antique store for four years while the couple lived in San Antonio, which is where she built a relationship with several of the gift lines available at the boutique, including the Tyler Candle Company.
In the future, Rupp plans to bring in a men’s line and clothing for young teens, as well as expand the housewares and gift items.
Tristah’s Boutique is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is located at 2123 South Main, Suite F, in Grove.