By Amy Schechter

Happiness is not an end destination in the mind of Tonya Antaki, it is a way of life, and her philosophy is evident the moment customers enter Be Happy Boutique, Riverview’s newest specialty store. Inside, warm teas perfume the air and guests are surrounded by fashionable, unique lines of apparel, shoes, accessories, home décor, specialty gifts, and candles. Positive energy radiates throughout the entire space, and best of all, there is something here for every taste and every budget.

Not sure where to start? Antaki and her family are happy to help. “Most products here have a story,” Antaki explained, and she is happy to describe the merchandise.

Antaki seeks out items that give back to the world in some way. Spreading good vibes is her calling. Be Happy Boutique features lines by Novica, a partner of National Geographic that allows artisans from around the world to feature their handcrafted products in markets they could not otherwise afford due to the cost of exportation. They also offer apparel by Sacred Threads who give a portion of every sale back to charities that support communities in India. Check out the next rack where Katydid clothing features products that include donations to cancer and autism research with every purchase. Antaki also partners with local vendors like Natural Life and Faceplant to feature products with a positive, inspirational message from right next door.

Definitely do not depart before you make your way to the back where Be Happy Boutique offers a variety of delicious loose leaf teas, each with its own personality and character. You’ll want to taste what they are brewing and return for seconds. The teas, honey, and sugar are all natural and purely delicious. Customers will want to grab a sampler set so they can try them all. Luckily, one can purchase everything to make these hot or iced teas from home. A meeting space is available for group events where teas and finger food can be served. Call 677-2300 with questions or to make reservations and plan your next gathering.

Be Happy Boutique is located in the Marathon Plaza at 11369 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. More information can be found at www.behappyboutique.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/behappyboutique33579/timeline.