Welcome to Iris Boutique!

Iris is a new retail concept brought to you by long-time personal stylist, Cathy Starnes, owner of wardrobe consulting firm, Style Speaks. Iris is a women’s accessory boutique catering to the sophisticated woman looking for unique accessories from delicate everyday pieces to statement-making stunners.

A Letter from Owner, Cathy Starnes:

After over a decade of helping women manage their wardrobes, I have found accessories to be the biggest mystery for many women and the aspect of dressing that makes the biggest impact. Iris will offer a place for women to learn more about accessorizing through personal styling and a resource to find just-the-right pieces to add that finishing touch to your favorite looks and everyday style. At Iris, you’ll find shoes, handbags, jewelry, scarves, hair accessories, hats and more to complete all your looks from the beach to the boardroom.

Three years ago when my husband started talking about the idea of moving to Michigan after eleven years of living in Washington, DC, this native Austin, Texas gal was a bit hesitant, to say the least. After dragging me along on his interview, insisting I needed to see the town of Grand Rapids if we were to make an informed decision, our life trajectory set out in a direction I never could have expected. On our first visit to Grand Rapids, we knew this town was something special, there’s an energy here that’s hard to describe, some of the kindest people we’ve ever met and a sense of community that I’ve never experienced anywhere else. I immediately knew this was where I would open my retail shop and it was the promise of the fulfillment of that dream that convinced me to move our family, across the country, to Grand Rapids.

On our second visit to Grand Rapids, I discovered the East Hills neighborhood on Cherry Street and it stole my heart. I’m thrilled to join the collection of unique local shops and eateries lining this historic street.

My life’s work and passion is helping women build confidence through the expression of their unique personal style. Iris will offer personal styling services to help women perfectly accessorize their favorite outfits, find their signature everyday accessories and shop for gifts.

I’m also passionate about building community among women and look forward to hosting events and offering workshops for our community of women on topics including how to use accessories to create a pulled together look, what to do with all those scarves and how to build a versatile shoe and handbag wardrobe.

I can’t wait to see you in the shop soon!

Cathy