Shopping trends change over time, just like fashion styles. Today, people are once again favoring the welcoming experience of small town shops, where they are rewarded with unique offerings and greeted with attentive service. Showcasing fashion forward styles and accessories, ZebraGirl Boutique is nestled in a historic home in the heart of downtown Centerville. The destination has cultivated a devoted following because of the appealing selection of items you don’t see just anywhere, and store owner Natasha Scherief’s friendly and genuine service.
Located at 63 W. Franklin St., ZebraGirl Boutique is a beloved place for everything from current styles at attractive prices to jewelry, sunglasses, handbags and other accessories. Natasha is celebrating her shop’s sixth anniversary on Thursday, Nov. 15 as part of downtown Centerville’s Sip & Shop.
Called by one longtime customer as a boutique that has SoHo style with hometown sensibility and affordable luxury, ZebraGirl Boutique features five rooms with something special around every corner.
“Every room of the shop reflects my personal style, and my desire to share it with my customers,” Natasha said.
“Every day, I look forward to the interesting new people I will meet, and the regulars that return, and helping them find something memorable,” Natasha added. “I especially smile when women tell their significant others that ‘If you want to buy me something I will love, go to ZebraGirl!’”
The shop’s name honors her late mother, Jane, who was fond of zebras. Natasha’s boutique is decorated with zebra keepsakes of all sizes.
That ZebraGirl Boutique is flourishing is no surprise when you learn about Natasha’s background, and what compelled her to open the boutique.
A Chicago native who spent much of her childhood in the Dayton area, she worked in retail management earlier in her career. Dreaming of a small business to call her own, Natasha started selling sunglasses and jewelry online, and ZebraGirl Boutique was born in 2009.
Over the next few years, she developed a growing customer base, and local patrons asked when Natasha planned to open a brick-and-mortar store. That led her to a 400-square-foot space on Main Street in Centerville next to Far Hills Florists in 2012. Repeated customer requests spurred her to have a boutique with clothing that accompanied the inventory of accessories.
Within in a year, the business thrived so much that she outgrew the small space and moved to the 1,300-square-foot location situated between The Gene Group Realtors and King’s NY Pizza in the historic district.
ZebraGirl Boutique’s loyal customers return because they know that Natasha accompanies her sincere service with an inventory of clothes, accessories and gifts that include staple items and new offerings from local artists.
“I love when I find new designers and brands because I cannot wait to share them with my customers,” said Natasha, who is a member of the Heart of Centerville & Washington Township, which is composed of local merchants that promote and support small business. “It makes me happy when people leave feeling good about what they bought, and how they felt when they were here.”