Bra-fitting shop moves to larger space in downtown Farmington

Taking a friend for a bra fitting years ago helped Miriam Searcy determine her next career move.

The Detroit resident said she drove a friend to Waterford Township for a fitting. Upon arrival, Searcy noticed how comfortable her friend was in such an intimate situation and knew that opening a similar store would benefit women going through the same thing.

For many years in business, her All About Women store was located in several locations. He now has a new home right in the heart of downtown Farmington with more choice and more space.

After calling a broker, the retired Detroit police officer began negotiating a lease at the new location at 23415 Farmington, next to CVS. It is now the new home of the boutique designed to help women find the right bra for them.

Going to a more boutique setting, she said, is a better experience than a medical supply store.

“Women prefer to come to a place where they’re focused on…something comfortable,” she said.

The store started in Livonia before Searcy moved it to Farmington several years ago. Settling in an old house along the Grand River, she began looking for a new home for the company.

“We were walking around and seeing all the places that were empty,” she said. “Then we went all the way here and saw this one.”

The move had done wonders for the store: Searcy said they are now seeing more people walking around without an appointment, just wanting to see everything on offer.

“Things have really improved for us,” she said. “The women will stop. They didn’t do that in the house. They didn’t venture out like they do here.”

All About Women has long seen referrals to its shop from doctors for breast cancer patients, including those who have had mastectomies. She also has a small selection of wigs and other items for people in treatment. She also sells other goods, such as underwear, handbags, and other items.

She works with area health care providers, getting clients referred by many area hospitals.

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The exterior of All About Women along Farmington Road in downtown Farmington.

After spending time adjusting to other women, she was eventually diagnosed with breast cancer herself. All the work she had done before had been helpful in helping to cope with the diagnosis.

“I was okay with that because I had the right to talk to so many breast cancer survivors,” she said. “And I knew what they had done, how they had survived.”

Searcy said she was happy with her shop in Farmington, finding it a great place to do business.

“I saw how wonderful it was to do business downtown, because there’s a lot of foot traffic,” she said. “They have so many different events to attract potential customers.”

All About Women is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. More information can be found at allaboutwomenshealthboutique.com.

After many years of helping others and working two careers, Searcy said she’s not ready to hang up her tape measure and plans to stay in Farmington as long as she can.

“It’s rewarding. It’s not like I’m getting rich,” she said. “I know I should be thinking about retiring, but it’s just a rewarding thing to do.”

A selection of some of All About Women's offerings.

Contact reporter David Veselenak at [email protected] or 734-678-6728. Follow him on Twitter @davidveselenak.

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