MSU Junior opens store in East Lansing


EAST LANSING, Michigan – A 20-year-old Michigan State University junior hopes to take style to the next level, and she’s doing it at her own boutique in East Lansing.

“I have always loved clothes. Growing up my grandmother sewed outfits. She helped me like with my passion for fashion. And then my family always encouraged me to follow my dreams,” said Onylah. Taggart, the owner of DBN Boutique on MAC Avenue.

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Bracelets at the DBN store

“I firmly believe in God and I put all my trust in him and I put all my trust in myself and I know that I got it. And what you put in the universe always comes back,” she said. .

The lack of shops for black women and the “risky game” of online shopping prompted Taggart to seek out boutique spaces in February.

“They have the option to come in, try on their outfits or make sure everything is okay, make sure they’re completely satisfied before you bring them home,” she said. “And I feel like this is something we need more of, we should also be able to walk the Strip and go to the stores that cater to us.”

Taggart’s passion for fashion is not the only thing that has motivated her. She said her baby boy, Zhaire, had inspired her to take a leap of faith.

“I wanted to make sure I lay the groundwork for my son so that no matter where life takes me, I always have something for him to do and this is just one of the many projects I have had. ‘intention to open,’ she said.

In July, while still pregnant, Taggart signed a lease in hopes of making her son proud.

Her goal is to make her store different from others. When ordering clothes, everything has to be a centerpiece.

“What sets me apart is that I’m very at the forefront of fashion. Lansing, as a city, is known for chasing trends,” Taggart said. She wants to stay ahead of the trends.

DBN Boutique has an eyelash technician operating indoors, so if you love clothes or need your eyelashes, DBN is open from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is located at 301 MAC Ave. in East Lansing.

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