Beginning in 2018, the boutique Meg & Marie will launch.

Beginning in 2018, the boutique Meg & Marie will launch. This online women’s clothing boutique will be staffed by Megan Mason, Beth Farmer, and Courtnee (Brown) Farmer. Co-owner Courtnee is originally from the Avon area, graduating from Avon High School in 2007. Afterwards, Farmer attended Carl Sandburg College for two years on a basketball and volleyball scholarship while receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree. After Carl Sandburg, Farmer transferred to the University of Illinois-Springfield on a volleyball scholarship where she received a Liberal Studies Degree, with an emphasis in Sports Management. After graduating in 2011, Farmer moved to Lincoln, IL and became an Admissions Counselor at Lincoln College where she worked for three years. Farmer then received the opportunity to work at home as a Technical Recruiter for an IT company. After her youngest child was born, Farmer received an amazing opportunity to become a boutique owner.

Farmer explained why she wanted to open the boutique. “When the opportunity was presented to me to become a part of the team, it was perfect timing. I was adjusted to having two kids and wanted to add something on the side for myself while still being able to stay at home with the girls. Since having kids my shopping trips have turned into surfing the web! Over the course of the last few years, I have found that a lot of the boutiques have similar, if not the same, clothing. We are aiming to bring different clothing options for women while also bringing a variety to fit everyone’s different styles.”

Megan, Beth, and Farmer will set prices once shipments of spring items begin to arrive and to start off, the three women will sell women’s clothing--tops, bottoms, dresses, etc.

How was the name Meg & Marie created? Farmer said, “Meg is for the mastermind behind the boutique, Megan. Marie is my middle name along with Beth’s great-grandmother’s name. When searching for a name we thought this went well together and represented both sides of the family.”

Megan, Farmer’s sister-in-law is a Spanish teacher at Tri-Valley Middle and High Schools in Downs, IL. Megan and Farmer’s mother-in-law, Beth, both live in Lincoln. “They have both always been very into fashion and opening up a boutique has been something they’ve talked about for quite some time,” said Farmer.

Farmer continued, “They’re always taking shopping trips and staying up-to-date with the latest fashion trends. They’re so excited to turn something they’re so passionate about into a career!”

The three owners can’t wait to launch the boutique. “We are so excited to have the opportunity to start this career and can’t wait to share our love for fashion with other amazing women!” said Farmer.

Farmer married her husband, Brandon, in 2013. They have two children, Sofia, 2.5 years, and Vayda, six months.

Shoppers will be able to purchase women’s clothing at