Jade Stone Boutique is a concept driven by a love of local community, and a passion for fashion.
Madonna Thompson recently opened the boutique in a charmingly remodeled house on Madison Avenue in Greenwood, and she credits her family’s support and input for the shop’s initial success.
Thompson has lived in the Greenwood area since she was in junior high school. She graduated from Center Grove High School, and participated in the high school’s cheerleading program during all four years. After earning a degree in business management from Indiana University in Bloomington, she spent four years as an Indianapolis Colts cheerleader and eight years as a Pacemate for the Indiana Pacers.
Along with her husband Ric Payne, a local hospitality and entertainment entrepreneur, Thompson has enjoyed raising three children who now lend their support and expertise to the boutique. Her oldest son, Matt Thompson, is the senior manager of social media and content marketing for Lids, a sports headwear and apparel retailer. Thompson’s middle son, Payton Stone Payne, is in charge of social media content for Ric’s businesses, and is currently helping with Jade Stone’s social media campaign.
Kennedy Jade Payne, Thompson’s youngest child, is on the Indiana University RedStepper Dance Team, and besides selecting merchandise and helping with social media for Jade Stone Boutique, she serves as the shop’s clothing model.
“Although I have owned my own nail salon, Nails by Madonna, for many years here in Greenwood, opening a boutique has been on my dream list for years,” Thompson says. “I have always had a love for clothes and fashion, and I am constantly interested in the latest trends. After Kennedy graduated from high school, I thought now is as good a time as any to chase down my dream.”
The boutique caters to girls and women, with Nails by Madonna located in the back.
“Ric has been a huge supporter of mine in creating this boutique,” Thompson says. “He has helped me every step of the way. Between the both of us, we designed and created this concept. All the interior work was done by the two of us. My landlord’s company, Platinum Construction Group, LLC, renovated the house. Since I have lived and worked in the Greenwood and Center Grove area for years, I knew this is where I wanted the birth of this boutique to be.”
Thompson’s sister Marci Cosner is a major part of the nail salon, and also helps out in the boutique. Input from Cosner, as well as traveling with Kennedy to purchase inventory, have allowed Thompson to provide a wide variety of trendy styles for every age group.
“Coming up with the right name took some time,” Thompson adds. “We wanted the name to have thought and meaning. It was a family effort. We decided to use the middle names of our two kids, Payton and Kennedy.”
Thompson says the Jade Stone Boutique concept is simple – providing customers with the latest and greatest that fashion has to offer, while helping those customers to look and feel better about themselves.
“I want [customers] to be excited about their purchase and feel like they can’t wait to come back,” she says. “Being able to help people on a personal level is very satisfying. I want someone to be able to come in and get a shirt or outfit for a Friday or Saturday date night, a special occasion, or maybe a trip they are going on. Making people happy and feel good about themselves is a definite goal.”
The boutique hosts special Girls Night Out events. Each individual who hosts a private party at the shop after operating hours receives a percentage of resulting sales for in-store credit.
“Greenwood has always been home to me,” Thompson says. “It is a great place to live and raise children. I love the friendly people and the willingness to support the small business owner.”
Visit Jade Stone Boutique at 516 North Madison Avenue in Greenwood. For more info, visit facebook.com/jadestoneboutique.