By Michelle Colesanti

Not many places offer you the option of getting your hair done and shopping for trendy, yet affordable boutique items at the same location. Celebrating its one-year anniversary this month, Lena Maxey Boutique offers just that, along with featuring one-of-a-kind antique, repurposed and shabby chic furniture. Owner Staci Bentley will also work with you to refinish your special pieces so that you can continue to enjoy them for many more years.

The boutique offers items that you won’t find in other stores. Bentley said, “We really do try hard to find unique items. We buy small quantities of apparel so you won’t see others wearing it. Our prices are something we are proud of. We have boutique styles at affordable prices.”

New merchandise arrives weekly so every time you visit the boutique, you will find new clothes and accessories, whether it is for your personal needs or for finding gifts for your friends.

Customer Jennifer Kuettner said, “I love shopping at Lena Maxey because I can get unique things for myself and gifts for my family and friends that no one else has in their store. They also have the best prices and that is why I keep going back!”

According to Bentley, “You can shop before or after you have your hair done. We are in a convenient location that is easier to get to than the mall.”

The hair salon is full service. Seven stylists are available for every hair need. Brazilian blowouts and keratin treatments are offered and they specialize in all hair types. Some of the products offered are Black 15 in 1, Redken and Moroccan Oil. The salon also offers organic products such as All Nutrient. Facial waxing is also offered. Men and children are welcome, too.

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome during business hours. Appointments can also be made during for off-hours.

In celebration of the one-year anniversary, an open house will be held at the boutique and salon all day on Saturday, September 15, during business hours. Become a fan of Lena Maxey on Facebook so that you can receive information on specials offered.

Lena Maxey is located at 13210 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. The hours are Monday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to make a hair appointment, call 571-2354 or visit

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Kelly Wise Valdes
Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.