From still left: Co-homeowners Becky Carpenter and Amy Hegarty opened their store Bokabuku in 2020. The two females, who have recognised just about every other for 30 a long time, have labored in pharmaceutical exploration. (Sumaiya Malik/Community Impact Newspaper)

Editor’s take note: This tale was updated to appropriate Amy Hegarty’s title.

When Becky Carpenter was increasing up in the 1970s, she did not know she would use “Bokabuku”—a pet name given to her by her cousin—as the identify of her apparel business.

Bokabuku—B Alright as you are—is a boutique for females carrying excellent American and European vogue-ahead outfits that keeps in brain the altering wants of women of all ages age 35 and up across a wide range of styles and dimensions.

“Everyone is lovely and unique, and the outfits that you have on must complement your beauty—not the other way close to,” Carpenter reported.

Carpenter co-owns the store with her longtime close friend and colleague Amy Hegarty. The shop is located on a narrow avenue in the Hill Nation Galleria, where cars drive by bit by bit to catch glimpses of shops. Found alongside boutique row with the cluster of women’s garments companies in the Hill Place Galleria, the women say their store is different.

They mentioned they initially required to serve the petite clientele but uncovered tall and curvy gals have been also underserved. Alternatively of marketing apparel by numbered dimensions, they concentration on just one-sizing-suits-all or little, medium, huge and excess small dimensions.

“We would like that our consumers be content in the extended operate about what they buy rather than walk out with a thing they will conclusion up not carrying,” Hegarty stated.

A stylist is constantly current at the store to recommend prospects and provide tips on how to type or wear the objects.

“We have clothing that adapt to you, not you adapting to the outfits,” Hegarty mentioned.

Although the girls celebrated the very first anniversary of the store in September, the storefront initially opened in February 2020. When the pandemic started, they halted their launch strategies and switched to on line. Their pursuing grew, they explained.

“Friends, neighbors, new acquaintances, men and women who connected with our concept and the unique variations we have retain coming back,” Hegarty explained.


12820 Hill Place Blvd., Ste. E-110, Austin

512-394-7346 |

Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunlight. midday-5 p.m.

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Bokabuku gives superior-high quality, ethically developed and normally locally sourced clothes and components for females with exceptional dimensions, proprietors Becky Carpenter and Amy Hegarty claimed. Right here is a glance at how prospects can appreciate the retail outlet.

  • Store for everyday put on, specific instances, tops, bottoms, attire, lingerie and gifts.
  • Get tips on how to dress in the garments from an in-residence stylist.
  • Reserve a stylist on the net or right after several hours.
  • Show up at personal in-retailer situations that benefit charities.


Items are priced all over $20 to $150 with some hats at $250 and up.


The retail outlet presents Boka-bucks as benefits purchasers can obtain for upcoming buys.


The homeowners are members of the Bee Caves Chamber of Commerce,, Texas Girls in Small business Austin and the Lakeway Chamber of Commerce.