When Justin and Monica Boyes were preparing to open their apparel and gift store, they purchased a teepee as a display item for their Atwater Village shop, which is described as having a “mid-century modern with a Native American twist” aesthetic. They had no plans to get into the teepee business but they have decided to stock the$168 canvas teepees after receiving several inquiries since opening Individual Medley last weekend, said Monica Boyes. The teepees are designed for children but “some people want them for their dogs,” Boyes said.
While the teepee has been a surprise hit, Individual Medley also features a line of contemporary clothing for adults and children as well as decorative and novelty items ranging from succulents and books to candy and incense. Prices range from $4 for succulents and cards to $168 for men’s coats and the teepees.
The Glendale Boulevard shop, the former home of a real estate investment firm, is the first business venture for the couple, who live in Silver Lake. However, Monica Boyes said she and her husband have experience in retail sales, management and merchandising. Justin Boyes was also a competitive swimmer and his best competition – the Individual Medley – inspired the store name.
“I think most importantly we wanted to create an experience where people can feel comfortable and inspired in their own way.” says Justin Boyes.