A new store offering a selection of high-grade bags and alterations recently opened its doors on Elm Street in Downtown Washington.

Boracay Custom Bag Design and Alterations, located at 216 Elm St., held its grand opening Sunday, Jan. 7.

The owner, Julie Meister, Pacific, has 27 years of experience in design, alterations and, specifically, work on military and law enforcement equipment. She designed holsters, tactical uniforms and bags and several other products for the majority of her career.

Meister, a native of the island of Boracay in the Philippines, where the shop gets its name, said she enjoys creating designs and equipment for the service men and women and law enforcement officers.

She said late last year, after 27 years of design, she decided to start her own business doing just that.

“I’ve been a designer for a very long time,” Meister said. “I made armor and holsters for military and law enforcement. Anything that makes them safer.”

She has in the past worked for the Department of Research of Development, designing military-grade equipment, and at one point, worked in Haiti and the Dominican Republic training designers on how to improve product quality.

“I thought it was time for me to start my own business and designs,” Meister said “I have so much experience making these designs.”

Boracay offers an assortment of bags ranging from rifle bags to laptop bags. Meister said she aims to provide bags that will last longer than most products. She also offers a lifetime warranty on any product bought at her store.

Meister said she hopes to bring a new type of business to Downtown Washington. She said the storefront location on Elm Street is perfect for the services she offers.

“This is the right place for me to start my business and, hopefully, we’ll grow,” she said. “This is perfect. I’m very happy because the people in Washington are very nice.”

The store currently takes custom orders, performs alterations on nearly anything and also offers a growing stock of bags. Hunting bags, backpacks and several other types of bags are on display.

Meister said she’s working on several custom orders and accepting more. She said she’s looking forward to providing Washington with her services.

The store is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.