Something Blue owner Sandie Walther finds it interesting that the boutique will turn six years old this month, as January also happens to be Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The celebration of the store’s birthday not only represents the continued success of her business, but this year, means something a bit more.
When Walther and her daughter Rebekah Krsak opened their store in downtown Angleton in January 2012, their plan was to outfit area women and girls in beautiful and stylish bridal and formalwear. They have done just that over the past six years, becoming so successful they have been forced to expand. Walther and Krsak have purchased and begun renovating the historic building across the street which will bring them to just under 10,000 square feet of retail space.
“I fully recognize God’s hand in our success over these past six years,” Walther says. “We know businesses come and go, sometimes in just a few months, so we feel blessed to still be doing what we love and be doing so well. It’s been fun to make an impact in our community since we first opened.”
For several years, Walther and Krsak were admittedly focused primarily on the women in their circle – the ones they worked with and the hundreds that came through their doors each year. They worked hard to help these girls and women look their most beautiful on some of the biggest days of their lives.
In the past year, however, both mother and daughter have begun to think about women who will likely never step foot in Something Blue.
“Several things have brought the issue of human trafficking to our awareness in a whole new way,” Walther explains. “Houston is the number one city in the U.S. for human trafficking and it’s been talked about a lot in the last year since the Super Bowl was here. We’ve heard so much about the International Justice Mission as well as the Houston-based organization Elijah Rising. Then Rebekah became more recently aware of the global organization A21. These organizations work to help end slavery and human trafficking through raising awareness, intervening on victims’ behalf and providing aftercare.
“Additionally, my son who is a lawyer in Houston has begun doing pro bono work to help former human trafficking victims earn their citizenship and be able to work, live and thrive in our local area after being rescued from these horrible situations.”
Walther says now that she and Krsak’s eyes have been opened to the darker reality of many women just north of their little boutique as well as around the world, they are committed to helping support the organizations that make a difference in the lives of human trafficking victims.
“We work every day to bring joy to the lives of girls and women as they anticipate their wedding days, senior proms and other big life events,” she said. “This year as we celebrate the 6th birthday of our business, we’re choosing to look beyond the impact we can make in our store and are actively seeking ways to do that.
“We’re thinking about the impact we can make in the lives of these women who need so much more help than just choosing a beautiful dress. We want to play a small part in helping them regain their freedom.”