Cleo and Clementine celebrated its one-year anniversary in the Melrose District on Oct. 18.

Cleo and Clementine is a Phoenix-based boutique started by owner Monique Sandoval in 2012. Sandoval has been selling her line of custom bridal and special occasion women’s apparel called OUMA on Etsy since 2008. In 2012 she decided to lay down some roots in her local community—and so began Cleo and Clementine.

In addition to OUMA, Sandoval also stocks her boutique with mostly local designers in an effort to support the local design community.

The love and passion Sandoval and all her employees put into every garment or accessory is apparent as you walk inside the boutique. Nearly every product in Cleo and Clementine has been created within the Phoenix community. Dressmakers piece together custom-made designs for women around the Valley and around the world.

Cleo and Clementine is located at 704 W. Montecito Ave., next door to Melrose Pharmacy. Its handmade neon sign was crafted by shopping center next-door neighbor and artist, Kurt Stickler. The store is open Thursday-Saturday and by appointment. For more information, call 602-264-5004 or visit


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