Teenage sisters launch social media boutique to help give back to the community

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Just six months ago 13-year-old Mia Valdez was in her bedroom dreaming of owning her own boutique, thinking it could help her make a difference in her community. 

Flash forward to today and Mia is living that dream.

She's just like any other teenage girl.

"I like clothes and I like fashion," said Mia Valdez. 

In reality she isn't anything like most of the girls her age.

"It's cool to like have your own business and you can start of young," Valdez said.

Mia owns Melange Boutique along with her older sister Maraiah Bermudez, who is also young for a business owner at just 18.   

"Everywhere we go that's what surprises people the most," said Maraiah Bermudez.

Here's how it all started one September night last year...

"Well I was sitting late at night and I was just laying down and I was like I want to start a boutique because I was looking at some," Valdez said.

"She wanted to like do something to help people," Bermudez said. 

"I told my mom I want to do this and she was like well you can do it now," Valdez said. 

"She started with Mia's Boutique on Instagram and it like blew up," Bermudez said. 

"I was shook," laughed Valdez. 

Mia and Maraiah started small selling accessories and jewelry on social media and their online boutique became an instant success.

Now the sisters sell clothing, have a website, book lunch events to sell their merchandise and they've purchased a fashion truck.

"That makes us the first mobile boutique in Kern County," Bermudez said. 

The sisters are also giving back with their newfound success. 

"I always wanted to help people," Valdez said. 

This year the girls provided Halloween costumes for children, bought Thanksgiving meals for families and helped make a local families Christmas wishes come true, something they plan to continue to do.

"It feels good to help someone," Valdez said. 

You can expect to see Mia and Maraiah's fashion truck driving around town in June. 

To check out Melange Botique follow the girls on Instagram at @shopmelangeboutique


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