Susan Jansen displays one of her unique umbrellas, which can be found in her store Susan's Unique Boutique. Photo by Elane Moonier
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Susan's Unique Boutique offers a fun shopping experience and some very unusual styles

by Elane Moonier ~ Features Editor

If you are looking for a fun shopping experience, you will want to visit Susan’s Unique Boutique and Castaways, located at 1372 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau.

There is nothing mundane about this shop which is loaded with unique ladies fashions and accessories which will make you want a whole new wardrobe. Owner, Susan Jansen is just the person who can help you find the new look that is right for you.

Susan opened a consignment shop that she called Castaways in January 2017, for her birthday. “I gave myself a business for my birthday present,” she teased, noting that she was 23 again.

Susan kept the name because it was well known and the business had a good reputation. After a year and a half, with the encouragement of friends, she decided to open a boutique.

In the fall of last year, she opened the first floor of the store as a boutique with new merchandise and kept the lower floor of the store for Castaways. She decided to purchase pre-owned high quality designer clothing for Castaways rather than leave it as a consignment shop.

Susan has just returned from Las Vegas, NV, where she shopped at one of the largest clothing and accessories markets in the U.S., and she is getting ready to add many exciting new fashions to the boutique. Next week, she will be traveling to Dallas, TX, for another market to purchase more unique treasures.

The boutique carries women’s fashions, shoes, accessories, purses, scarves, gloves, fragrances, jewelry and lots of bling. “We love bling here,” said Susan, as she flashed her rings, earrings and belts studded with rhinestones.

For those who find it hard to choose the right styles and accessories, Susan said this business specializes in offering the assistance needed for the perfect look.

“We try to help our customers step out of their comfort zone and create a new look that will be fun and exciting for them,” she noted. “We want to open the door to new ideas in fashion and accessories.”

The boutique also specializes in a complete line of plus sizes for women. “We are in the process of having the most unique selection of plus sizes for women from St. Louis to Memphis,” she said. “We know you will find something you love to wear here, something that makes you feel wonderful like the woman you are!”

Castaways occupies the lower portion of the store and has a huge selection of clothing and accessories, which also includes formal wear and gowns for prom and special occasions. Susan has a selection of new wedding gowns which are now on close out at 75 percent off. She stated that alterations for these dresses are available on site.

Susan’s Unique Boutique is  open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and by appointment at the customer’s convenience. Phone number for the business is 573-803-9232. The shop has a website at The boutique is located directly across from Car Mart on Kingshighway.


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