Erin Mong Welch (’86)- Celebrates a Business Milestone
8FIFTEEN, Indy’s premiere women’s clothing boutique, is celebrating 10 years in business on April 13 and owner and Washington Township alumni, Erin (Mong) Welch, has seen a lot change since 2009, the first time she officially opened the doors of 8FIFTEEN in a little house on Ferguson Street.
“When 8FIFTEEN opened in April 2009 on Ferguson, Broad Ripple and especially 65th Street wasn’t what it is now. Bobby Cooper and The Dailey Method were just opening at the same time and this area was all residential. The change that’s occurred with the Cake Bake Shop, Just Pop In!, Northside Social, and Public Greens has been really remarkable for Broad Ripple and I’d like to think we were the trendsetters for that.” Erin Welch
Erin started her trendsetting days at Springmill Elementary School and really found her calling at North Central. When Erin graduated in 1986, she took her experience in Washington Township Schools to Dallas where she was a buyer for one of the top Nordstrom stores in the country. Erin and her husband Cody moved back to Indy so her two boys could have the same great experience growing up in the district she did. She has one son who is a recent graduate of NCHS attending Ole Miss and a second who is still at NCHS.
“I think NCHS really inspired my path into fashion. There is such diversity that every single day the hallway was the runway. Everyone had their own sense of style, especially in the 80s, and there is such a wide array of classes that you find your way into what sparks inspiration and interest!”
8FIFTEEN’s soft open was a success and they eventually moved into their permanent home at 815 E. 65th Street in November 2009. There has been one constant mantra Erin has maintained throughout her 10 years of the store, always keep your niche. She knew the Indy market needed a cultivated list of high-end women’s ready-to-wear designers for customers with a discerning eye. From day one, the knowledgeable staff and loyal shoppers have made 8FIFTEEN a success. Erin says that what has changed most about the 8FIFTEEN customer in the last 10 years is their fashion education. She said that Indy women now trust Erin when she brings something new into the store, and they are savvier too with the exposure social media has provided to up-and-coming designers.
“My customers are what makes 8FIFTEEN special. I try to ensure that everyone coming in here, whether spending $20 or $2,000, gets treated the exact same and that’s what I’m most proud of when I walk through the door daily.” Erin Welch
Over the last 10 years many local women-owned businesses, especially in Broad Ripple, have been extremely helpful to Erin and supported 8FIFTEEN. Co-owner of Just Pop In! and MSDWT parent Carly Swift has always been a big supporter of Erin.
“We were so excited when Erin and her gorgeous women’s boutique 8FIFTEEN, joined the ever–growing area on 65th Street in Broad Ripple. We were over the moon that another passionate, woman and locally-owned business would be joining our corner. Her beautiful and stunning company eloquently matches Erin’s effervescent positive attitude and approach to styling and uplifting women. It has been an honor and a pleasure to have worked and supported one another’s businesses since the start!” Carly Swift, Co-Owner, Just Pop In! and MSDWT parent
Erin invites you to join her at the store on Saturday, April 13 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to celebrate 10 years of 8FIFTEEN.