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By ROSELYNN WAHTOMY
BLACKFOOT – Spiffy’z, a new unique boutique with a variety of old and new, has opened in Blackfoot and is owned by Shoshone-Bannock tribal member Armena Fred.
When she first considered the space it only had an email contact and she found it difficult to get through. Then one day she prayed on it and left things in God’s hands. Her and her husband drove by once again and there was finally a phone number listed. From then on everything seemed to fall into place and she believes God brought her to where she needed to be.
“For me to be right down here in the old town, the old heart of Blackfoot it’s very nostalgic and makes me feel good. It makes me feel like home,” said Fred.
Spiffy’z got its name by the inspiration of her niece, who often says the word. It’s fitting for the establishment, Fred said one day she had a lady come in and buy a hat and put it on. She told her, “You look mighty spiffy today,” and they both laughed.
A long time ago Fred said she used to work the Snack Shack down at Timbee Hall, but other than that never really had her own venture. Having her own business has always been something she wanted to do and she feels like she’s finally found her niche. Her mother was the same way and instilled the thought in her. She was the first to sell beadwork at the Trading Post out of a small booth back in the day. She later had a shop on Highway 91 that sold Native apparel. Fred sews too and just finished making a pencil skirt for a girl for her graduation. She also makes cradleboards and does beadwork.