The Face Of Women’s Fashions
Emily Hay Brown
Former special education teacher Emily Hay Brown moved to Little Rock in the summer of 2002 and just a few months later opened Tulips — a contemporary women’s clothing boutique. The store, in all its stylish feminine glory, has been featured in both local and national publications, and just recently launched its official website, tulipsinlittlerock.com. All the press and acclaim aside, Brown’s compassion remains rooted in the causes that are closest to her heart.
Brown says she admires Melissa Hannah, the owner of the Hannah School — the only multisensory school in Arkansas designed for children with dyslexia — where both of her children have seats. Brown’s heart also beats for the women in her community, especially the ones who work beside her.
“I find it incredibly rewarding to build a sales team of strong, intelligent women. We all have the same goal which is driven by teamwork and, most importantly, caring about our customers on a personal level,” Brown says. She and local attorney Elizabeth Poynter travel the nation to find fashionable pieces at different apparel markets to bring back to Tulips. “[Poynter] has a creative eye and impeccable taste, and she builds solid relationships with customers who trust her,” Brown says. “She brings vision and strategy to the table, and she’s a risk-taker.”
From the moment you walk in the boutique, it’s clear that these pieces, because they were picked out with purpose, were chosen for women to get so much more out of Tulips’ clothing than just looking beautiful.