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    By the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce
        ​Happy First Birthday to For the Love Gift Boutique in Alpine!
    Kelly Boykin, owner of the shop at 2530 Alpine Blvd., Ste. E, next to Janet’s Montana Café, is holding a huge Customer Appreciation Sale from Wednesday, Sept 26, through Sunday, Sept. 30, to celebrate.
        ​Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce members can enjoy a free social evening on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the boutique.
    Boykin said her first year at the shop has been something of a struggle.
        ​“It’s challenging to let the locals know you’re here, to be aware that you’re here,” the businesswoman said. “Then it’s getting them into the shop. It’s really getting the locals to realize we’re here and to support the businesses here. They need us to support the local events.”
    After the July 6 West Fire ravaged east Alpine, Boykin became an active mentor with the Community Recovery Team to help fire survivors and to plan ahead in case of future wildfires.
        ​Those who visit her store find many affordable and often unusual items that are often handmade, clever, humorous, cute, serious, inspirational and sometimes surprising.
        ​“Gifts from the heart for the Soul” is the store’s motto.
        ​Most of the merchandise is local or made in the USA, Boykin said. Almost all of it is artistic.
        ​“Everything is unique here,” said customer Denise Higgins of Alpine, buying gifts for a Montana relative. “It’s not like a regular department store.  There’s always something different here.”
        ​Higgins especially likes the store’s signs, crosses and Bible covers. She also appreciates that For the Love Gift Boutique will mail items.
        ​Women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories; cups, signs and articles for men, and items for children from infancy through teens are offered. 
        ​Jars of honey glow with sweet promise. Gift cards deliver delightful messages. Custom gift baskets and wood items spark interest.
        ​“I give discounts anywhere I can,” Boykin said. “I do not buy high market prices. You buy a gift, we wrap it. The wrapping’s included in the cost.”
        ​Raised in a family of entrepreneurs, she always wanted to have her own business. Initially interested in food-related possibilities, the Alpine resident ultimately chose a gift shop.
        ​“This was a godsend,” Boykin said. “I call it a good thing, where things align perfectly for you.”  
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