Angie's Hats and Boutique

By: Kirsten Aherron

Mrs. Frances Brayboy, owner of Angie’s Hats and Boutique at 125 North Union Street, Danville, VA, began working as a manager there in 1984. In May of 1989 she had the opportunity to purchase the business and has been doing it ever since! She sells a wide array of beautiful custom designed hats and women’s apparel with the goal of providing any and every woman who enters her store with conversation, camaraderie and attire that makes them feel beautiful.

"Angie’s is a friendly place. A little watering hole. Some ladies come and talk for several hours. It is a place where people can unwind, feel good, and help each other. We congregate and you can feel free to be yourself. You can take time to choose your attire and shop without a crowd or pressure"

Mrs. Brayboy has seen many changes in the River District, from when it was a bustling downtown with many department stores, to when it was struggling to thrive, to now when new businesses are starting to blossom. Throughout all the changes she focused on having quality and unique products, and providing a friendly supportive shopping experience. She continues to have loyal customers ranging from Raleigh to Lynchburg, Martinsville to South Boston and beyond. Mrs. Brayboy has built the business on friendship and repeat customers.

When asked what advice she has for new business owners just starting out she says "Follow your dreams no matter how hard it may be. Especially for minority business owners. Be prayerful. When things get tough don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself."

Due to the pandemic Angie’s Hats and Boutique is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, however you can call for a shopping appointment on other days. Mrs. Brayboy can be reached at 434-792-0739. Angie’s Hats and Boutique is located at 125 N. Union Street, Danville, VA.