Loretta Bennett had a dream of owning a boutique business, and about 13 years ago, she took the first step of making that dream a reality.

With the support of her husband, the Rev. Clyde Bennett, she started her dream job and opened up Loretta’s Boutique in her living room.

She put all her furniture into storage, covered her clothing with garment bags and sprayed some of her clothing with fabric refresher so it didn’t smell like fried chicken.

That was just the beginning, as she looked to take her homemade business to the next level.

The boutique is not a traditional store with traditional hours.

“I stay open late at night because I like to cater a lot to the working women,” Bennett said. “So they don’t feel like they have to go through the hustle and bustle of the mall, they can come into a relaxed setting.

“I am basically open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., or you can say 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.,” she added. “I try to accommodate all of my customers. If they call me after hours I try to accommodate them as well.”

Bennett’s shop didn’t move far — it’s right next to her home, making her more accessible to her customers. Her shop has a wide range of products specifically geared to women.

“I cater to all women of all shapes and sizes,” she said. “I do sportswear for misses and women, regular and plus-size.”

Loretta’s offerings also include ladies clothing, ready-to-wear, sportswear, dress attire, handbags, novelty handbags and accessories. Casual separates, linen, sportswear, blouses and capris are also offered.

“My well-stocked brands are dresses from Step N Style. I carry Multiples and Slimsations pants. Some of my better blouses are by Whi,” she said. “One of my very good name brand lines is by Rose Collections sportswear. I carry multiple colors of Ice pants.”

The shop is located at 375 Private Rd. 4035, in Marshall Texas. For more information, stop by the shop during business hours or call 903-407-7464.