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Mayor Sarno Visits Charlene’s Boutique at their new location at 180 Eastern Ave - Highlight ARPA and CDBG Funding for Successful Minority and Woman Owned Business -

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Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Director of Disaster and Recovery Tina Quagliato-Sullivan, Senior Program Manager Lori Sibilia and Project Manager Wilson Darbin visited Charlene’s Boutique at their new location at 180 Eastern Ave to highlight the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding this successful small business received.

The retail clothing store sells fine women’s clothing and accessories, including special occasion wear and Sunday church clothes.  They also provide in house tailoring services when purchasing clothing.   

Charlene’s Boutique is a minority and woman owned businesses that was awarded $35,000 as part of Mayor Sarno’s 10th round of ARPA award announcement back in February 2023. 

Originally located at the Eastfield Mall, Charlene’s Boutique was forced to relocate to their current location at 180 Eastern Ave when the mall closed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The business was also forced to shut down and then experienced phased reopening with limited hours and staffing during the pandemic.  In addition to the ARPA funding, the store also received $22,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding as part of their Boston Road Mall relocation efforts, which assisted the business with rental/mortgage assistance at their new location. 

Mayor Sarno states, “What a beautiful store with some amazing and elegant dresses and accessories.  Congratulations to Charlene, Bishop Naylor and their daughter Charlene on operating a successful and family-owned business.  I want to encourage everyone to come down and check out the many stylish dresses and apparel they have on display.”     

“I am proud of my administration’s efforts to commit our local allotment of ARPA funding directly into our community and to small businesses that were adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Charlene’s Boutique is a successful minority and woman owned small business that’s been operating for over 16 years.  They feature women’s clothing, accessories and personal styling, and just opened the doors at their new location on Eastern Ave. thanks in part to the $35,000 in ARPA funding and $22,000 in CDBG funding.  Congratulations to the Naylor’s on opening your new location.  I wish you nothing but the best and continued success.”

For more information about Charlene’s Boutique, please visit their website at, their Facebook page at: Charlenesboutique and their Instagram page at:  Charlenesboutique1.

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