CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A new women’s clothing boutique opened in Chicopee Saturday afternoon with a grand opening ceremony.

According to a news release from the City of Chicopee, Moda Mia was created by Johanna Maldonado, who is a passionate fashion enthusiast from Springfield.

The boutique will represent the spirit of revitalization in Chicopee, and its overall mission is to provide affordable styles to help you look and feel great, according to its website.

“Since I was a little girl, what I’ve wanted to do so it’s pretty amazing to be here today,” expressed Moda Mia Owner, Johanna Maldonado. “This is the home for Moda Mia.”

Johanna has a passion for all things fashion. She told 22News when a fellow small-business owner reached out notifying her of available storefront property at 26 Center Street she went for it.

Chicopee city leaders, joined in on the celebration Saturday, including Mayor John Vieau. He told 22News some ARPA funding had been used to transform the storefront space. “People are investing in downtown, it’s thriving again and we’re excited about where it’s heading.”

Mayoral candidate Delmarina López was also there pointing out the impact small businesses have on the community. “The small businesses are the backbone of our economy. You know, our city cannot thrive without small businesses,” she said.

At Moda Mia, shoppers can expect to find all types of women’s clothing, shoes, and jewelry.

“I’d like to think it’s things that you can wear for work, for date night, girls night, brunch so it’s a variety of different items,” Johanna continued.

Moda Mia is open Wednesday through Sunday at varying hours. For more information or to shop all of Moda Mia’s various clothing products you can head to their website.

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