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Surviving Sisters’ Boutique: A serious mission with a light heart

Surviving Sisters' Boutique owner Kim Miller with mannequin Lisa

Surviving Sisters’ Boutique owner Kim Miller with mannequin Lisa

Surviving Sisters’ Boutique
4412 Albany Post Road (Rt. 9)
Hyde Park, NY 12538
(845) 229-0425
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Kim Miller had a vision, after surviving a life-threatening heart attack in 2003, to open a place where she could use her retail/restaurant experience and raise funds and awareness for the American Heart Association under one roof. Six years later, Surviving Sisters’ Boutique in Hyde Park, N.Y. represents charity in the community as much as it offers a unique experience and “two floors of shopping bliss.”

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The disco room in Surviving Sisters' Boutique

The disco room in Surviving Sisters’ Boutique

Surviving Sisters’ Boutique, named Best Boutique of the Hudson Valley in 2009 and 2010 by Hudson Valley Magazine, offers new and vintage clothing and accessories for children, men and women in addition to theatrical apparel, furs, antiques and collectibles. This unique boutique also carries 106 local artisans’ works, specializes in “Made in America” merchandise and even hosts parties around the store, including the disco room complete with dance floor, disco ball and strobe lights (which doubles as the teen department).

Though for Kim, fundraising is where her heart is. “The fashion is the passion, the parties are very cool, but the fundraising is the best part,” explained Kim. The American Heart Association remains her number one charity, though she now also fundraises with more than 40 non-profits, churches, charities and schools.

Surviving Sisters' Boutique houses 106 local artisans

Surviving Sisters’ Boutique houses 106 local artisans

And while her mission is quite serious, Kim’s sense of humor, generosity and charm fill the store. We were all greeted with hugs and went home with fresh basil Kim picked for us just before we left. When I asked her to pose for a picture in her favorite part of the store, she chose to stand with “Lisa” the mannequin and a top hat.

One shopper described why Surviving Sisters’ Boutique is her Favorite Local Store:

“Kim is compassionate about what she sells and cares for her customers deeply. She supports the community and goes above and beyond.” Another nominator wrote, “I love all the unique items the owner picked out and the friendly cozy atmosphere! Great place to shop!”

Kim Miller has seen her vision through. She dedicates her store and her life to fundraising and awareness and helps anyone and everyone in need with her eclectic boutique in Hyde Park. It’s easy to see why Surviving Sisters’ Boutique was recognized as a Favorite Local Gem in New York State.

Surviving Sisters' Boutique teen department and disco room looking towards vintage items

Surviving Sisters’ Boutique teen department and disco room looking towards vintage items

Kim summed up her life’s mission during her interview with I Shop NY:

“My grandmother always said ‘if a day went by that you haven’t helped someone, you’ve wasted your day,’ so that’s the way I’ve lived my whole life.”

Surviving Sisters' Boutique sign

Surviving Sisters’ Boutique sign