Fira Boutique was born in 2011 out of a love for fashion and helping customers find current fashion trends that help them look their best without breaking the bank. Fira humbly began as a traveling boutique, where owner Anna Ragle would set up shop in the living rooms of central Illinois home parties and Sorority events.
In 2013, with the help of her husband Nick, they opened their first store together in Champaign-Urbana, IL. Anna solely hand picks all the styles Fira sells using a combination of her own style and appealing to a broad range of ages. She likes to push the envelope of unique new trends with a mixture of classic, never out of style pieces.
Anna comes from a town and family rich in Swedish heritage. With family names of Larson and Anderson, they’re proud of their small town and Swedish family traditions. It’s no coincidence Fira is a Swedish term meaning, ‘to celebrate’. Fira celebrates style every day!
What are you grateful for today?
A Bracelet my friend Shannon gave me that has inscripted “I carry your heart” – this past year my Mom passed away and it’s a constant reminder she’s with me always just in my heart.
Tell us about one of your friends and what you love about her.
My friend Kaci, everyone needs a friend like her, one who just tells it like it is- no sugar coating just plain honesty and an incredible listener. She can also make you belly laugh like no other, never a dull moment with her around!
Describe one of the best days of your life.
A pretty fantastic day would be the day I became engaged, we were in San Francisco and it was just Nick and I. My parents of course knew he was proposing, but that was it and we didn’t share it with anyone until we came home….we strolled around town just knowing we were the only ones who knew this fantastic secret!
What’s the best lesson you learned from your mother/grandmother?
Gosh actions speak louder than any advice in my opinion and my Momma knew how to listen better than anyone. She really took it all in, and then always offered honest feedback and always knew how to calm me down. I hope to do the same for my children someday.
We’re all unique. What is your special gift?
I went to my husband for this one… and here’s what he said..I’d have to agree as I really do love People. “I would say your special gift is being genuinely interested in others and getting to know people. You’re the most personable person to strangers I’ve ever seen. And it’s apparent it’s genuine because you can remember everyone’s name after only one encounter. You can remember where they’re from, who they’re married to and how many kids they have. You can’t remember what your to-do list is but you can remember people.”
What could women be doing to make their community a better place?
Building one another up! If there is one thing that That’s What She Said has taught me it’s that everyone has a story and a reason for why they are the way they are.
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
Speak up and not worry so much what others are thinking about me.