In the day of online shopping and declining mall visits, a new wave of shopping for women’s clothing is sweeping the country.

Traveling boutiques visit neighborhoods in more than a dozen cities and Pacific was treated to a creative version of the new trend last week.

A Rolla-based boutique operator combined the traveling boutique with the growing trend in tiny houses.

Lisa Stubblefield, who operates Front Porch Boutique in Rolla, designed and built an 8- by 20-foot tiny house, with pitched roof, side cupolas and an arched window above her trademark front porch.

The design, she said, is meant to have the feel of a French cottage.

“I like the front porch theme because it gives shoppers the sense of a friendly visit to someone’s home,” she said. “Shopping for clothes should be an informal, homey experience.”

Stubblefield’s tiny fashion house visited Meramec Valley R-III School District teachers and staffers May 9-10, at the invitation of her friend Channa Ransom, a special education director.

“I just loved the tiny fashion house and I wanted to help my friend,” Ransom said. “I also thought the teachers might like the idea of shopping brought to them.”

Stubblefield said her mission with both Front Porch and the tiny fashion house is to offer stylish, yet affordable dresses, tops and pants. She also carries jewelry, purses, scarves and shoes.

Two mirrored dressing rooms at the rear of the tiny fashion house have ample room to try on items.

Shoppers can visit Front Porch Boutique, 1901 N. Bishop Ave. in Rolla every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or visit online at

Front Porch carries brands, Natural Life, UMGEE, Creative Coop, Southern Grace, Nikibiki, A.Gain, Active Basics, Charles River, Daisy Rae and Dreamer.

For more information about the Rolla boutique or the tiny fashion house, contact Stubblefield at 573-308-9080.