From the French word “shop”; one that specializes in elite and fashionable items. Exclusive. Eclectic. Exquisite. Those are a few of the adjectives that describe a boutique, those charming, independently owned shops that reflect the proprietor’s sense of art and fashion, where stylish staff happily cater to clients and purchases are packaged in pretty paper bags with plumes of tissue paper, like a gift, even if it is yours to keep.