Stories from intrepid reporters attending the Illinois Press Foundation Journalism Workshop at Eastern Illinois University
By Serah Welborn
Janet Mullen has found a way to make quality products affordable.
Mullen owns Angel Wings Boutique, a consignment store located at 1520 Broadway Ave., in downtown Mattoon. The store offers an excellent selection of reasonably priced clothing that would delight any trendy shopper with frugal interests.
Her items come from all across the country — from Florida to New York — where she visits her children and spends a lot of time ducking into thrift shops in search of antiques and quality gowns.
“I’ve turned it into more of a boutique, with very low prices (compared to other stores),” Mullen said. “I love looking for stuff.”
For nine years Mullen has worked hard to help people in a way that allows her to flaunt her creativity.
She describes her store as a “hodge-podge of diversity,” in which her creations are displayed from every available space.
She demonstrates her care for the community by hiring mental-health patients and the homeless.
“I work with a few that have stayed with me … I make them dress up, show off their work,” she said. “I always will help the homeless if they need it.”
Mullen donates toys and other items to daycares, schools, nursing homes and hospitals on a regular basis. She loves to share her experiences with others and help in any way she can. Before the store, she worked as a nurse.
She is currently offering internships to students with the ability to build the store’s first website.
She feels that entering the online sphere would greatly affect the success of her business and enable her to devote herself to her work more effectively.