Sandra Armstrong wants her new clothing and accessory store Favor Tee Line on Springfield Avenue in Maplewood to be more than a store.
“I want to be a beacon of light,” said Armstrong.
As you walk down Springfield Avenue’s now red-hot area near the police station — boasting Walgreens, Stainfil Studios, Red Carpet Lady and Paint & Chill — you will see Favor Tee’s sunshine-colored walls peeking out through the storefront window. And it really does look like you’ve found your beacon.
Favor Tee Line specializes in costume jewelry, dresses, men’s and women’s T-shirts, and sunglasses. Need bling for prom, graduation or a wedding? You’ll find it here.
Armstrong brings a spiritual element to her merchandise, not just because she mingles some of her faith in with her products, but because she believes clothes can make a huge impact on how a person acts and feels about herself.
“I believe we become what we wear,” said Armstrong surveying the merchandise. “Looking nice helps you believe in yourself and makes you a better you.” And Armstrong makes a point to stock items ranging from $3 for basic stud earrings to $70 for a stunning statement necklace, because she wants her customers to love their attire regardless of budget.
Favor Tee Line has been an online shop since 2015. The new brick and mortar store is in a space that was formerly a series of thrift stores, and it needed renovation to use as an accessory store. Getting the new store ready was a community effort.
“I found the space as I drove my granddaughter to Maplecrest Park,” said Armstrong. That same granddaughter comes over after school to help with the store. One of Armstrong’s daughters is in retail, and helps with sales strategies. And friends from Armstrong’s church came to help, including the pastor, who painted.
Armstrong looks across the front window full of gifts for Mothers’ Day. It’s one of her favorite holidays. “Women wear many hats. We work hard. But these clothes help you feel strengthened and empowered, because that’s how you feel when you look good,” she said.
Favor Tee Line
1607 Springfield Ave