For over a decade, Adry’s Fiesta Boutique has been one of Winters’ go-to spots to prepare for any occasion. Although proud to be open for so long, owner Maria Gutierrez maintains that never-quit attitude that inspired her to make the move from field worker to business owner.
Immigrating from Mexico in 1975, this mother of four went through the veritable Winters roulette of occupations. She spent around 12 seasons working for Mariani Nut, packed fruit for the Tufts, worked at Lorenzo’s Market, Eagle Drug and finally worked in insurance, out-of-town, for 17 years. All the while, she knew one day the business she’d be working for would be her own, and in 2011, her ambition came to fruition.
“I do everything for special occasions like weddings, communions, quinceañeras, prom and stuff like that. I also do money transfers to anywhere in the world. I also do package service to Mexico and Central America,” Gutierrez said explaining the many services of her Swiss-Army boutique. “I’ve lived in Winters all my life. I started in the fields, went to insurance and now I have my own little business.”
While working towards the eventual opening of her boutique, Gutierrez spent years not only raising her four children, but learning English and obtaining her GED. Once her kids were out of the nest and living their own lives, Adry’s Fiesta Boutique — named after Gutierrez’s daughter — opened in 2011 at 30 Main St., then moved to 47 E. Main St. in 2016, where the boutique resides today.
“I love working with the community and it’s very relaxed here in town. It’s a friendly town and I enjoy working here. Also, I think it’s nice to see the joy in people’s faces in whatever they get like their quinceañera gowns, bridesmaids dresses and tuxedos. I do tuxedo rentals, too, by the way,” said Gutierrez. “It’s nice serving the young people here in town, too, and for me it’s very enjoyable to make people happy.”
Beyond the clothing rentals, traditional Hispanic apparel, jewelry, art, figurines, money exchanges and packaging service, Adry’s Fiesta Boutique also provides a litany of decorations, party supplies and accessories for near any occasion one can think of. And, if Gutierrez doesn’t have what one needs in her shop, she has a readily-available catalogue from which to order.
“I always thought I could do it (open her own business), I just knew it was going to take some time. I always told myself with my other jobs, ‘this is temporary,’” explained Gutierrez. “It wasn’t easy. When I started here I didn’t speak a word of English. When I wanted to say something, I couldn’t. When people talked to me, I couldn’t understand. It felt like I was deaf and mute. So, right away, I knew I needed to learn English. It took some time, but I did it.”
Through years of hard work and a pandemic, Gutierrez remains grateful for the town that’s provided unwavering support. To all the young ladies with aspirations of owning their own business — like so many in Winters already do — Gutierrez insists on not giving up, because even at a slow pace, you can do it. Also, getting help from friends, family and the community isn’t a bad move either.
To experience Maria’s dream, visit Adry’s Fiesta Boutique at 47 E. Main St., call at 530-212-5122 or visit the boutique’s social media accounts by searching @adrysfiestaboutique on Instagram and Facebook.