If you think the name Boliwalou sounds like a fantastical place in a
"It means 'to express yourself,'" says Thompson, a Columbia resident who gave up a career as a child and adolescent therapist to help women find themselves in a different way, through the power of clothes. Inside her green and purple painted shop, purple party beads hang from the ceiling, a festive nod to Thompson's Brazilian roots. Most days, she plays Brazilian music in the background.
Jeans, sweaters, suits and dresses in a variety of sizes fill the shop. But Thompson is selective in what she’ll buy from a customer. The shop’s website lists acceptable designers such as
Boliwalou also plans to host local artisans of fashion accessories on a monthly basis.