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Mom and Daughter Team Share Passion for Fashion and Design at Tallulah 9

You might say Cassandra Whelan Welch comes by “it” naturally, a knack for finding unique fashion and gift items for shoppers of all ages. Cassandra and her mother, Sherri Whelan own and manage Tallulah 9 in downtown Melbourne. Growing up, Cassandra worked with her mom and sisters (Brandi and Korbel) at the family’s first boutique, “Sister Act” in Blowing Rock, North Carolina (still going strong after 20 years.) She lived in Brevard County, but spent the summers working at Sister Act and assisting her mom in selecting items featured at the boutique. After moving elsewhere, both Cassandra and Sherri landed back in Brevard and found the perfect space for another boutique at 2018 Melbourne Court in downtown Melbourne (at the end of the Melbourne Arcade.) The mother and daughter team’s newest venture — Tallulah 9 offers apparel, jewelry and accessories, shoes, handbags, as well as gift items for the hostess and home décor accessories. Like the boutique’s motto, “an inspiring blend of fashion and design,” the store stocks items handpicked by Sherri and Cassandra. Since Tallulah 9 does not carry excess inventory like the Department stores do, customers can have confidence knowing they won’t find the same items around the corner or anywhere else. Both women know the importance of offering age appropriate clothing for their entire age range of customers. “Women don’t always know what works for them,” Cassandra explains. “We really work with customers, starting with finding out what they like and working it into what is flattering to their body shape.” “It is rewarding to see when a woman opens the curtain and knows she looks good and feels good.” And what is the meaning behind that name? Tallulah 9’s unique name was inspired by a horse and family sports. Cassandra and Sherri invite you to stop-in, experience Tallulah 9 and they will tell you, “the rest of the story.” Popular Brands: Johnny Was – “boho chic” style made with machine washable silks, rayons and embroidered cottons Level 99 – premium denim and linen Miss Me Denim – inspired by western and rock themes Two’s Company – decorative gift items Hanky Panky – lingerie line Seychelles – vintage-inspired footwear with a modern twist Hobo – handbags and wallets TALLULAH 9, 2018 Melbourne Court Historic Downtown Melbourne   (321) 952-9994