WICHITA — Lots of girls just wanna have fun, and it’s proving to be big business for Michelle Griggsby.
She owns the TuTu Girly Party Studio at 4065 N. Woodlawn and now has plans to add studios in Derby, Andover and Maize.
“It’s a party studio for girls who dare to be fabulous,” Griggsby says. “It’s just where the girls can get together and hang out.”
She got the idea after throwing parties for her daughter, 29-year-old Angel Chandler, when she was little.
“The parties just grew and grew and grew until someone said, ‘You just need a party store.’ ”
Griggsby, who lives in Dallas, has studios in Texas, Georgia, Florida, Indiana and California.
Chandler lives here and assists her mother, though doesn’t work at the studio full time.
Teanesha Newton is the manager for the 3,000-square-foot Bel Aire studio, which opened in September.
Griggsby has been active in Wichita for years, though, hosting all kinds of events, such as tea parties for 250 or more girls at rented facilities.
She also opened the Princess Galleria Boutique in February in a 3,600-square-foot, two-story house in the Green Elephant Village near Central and Hillside.