Shopping With a Purpose: Two Sparrows Boutique

By: LaTrania Tolbert and Zach Sampley

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Style, faith and charity have all been brought together into one place. It’s a place where
you can go to find the perfect outfit while at the same time giving back to the community. Two Sparrows, a faith-based boutique in the heart of downtown Saint Augustine, offers a variety of modern women’s clothing as well as books and home goods. Due to Saint Augustine being the oldest city in the United States, many come to visit and explore its historic landmarks and one-of-a-kind shops on King Street.

Two Sparrows boutique owner Mary Mead opened the store with her husband
two and a half years ago. Mead and her husband decided to name the store Two Sparrows after the scripture, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care” (Matthew 10:29).

Her goal has been to offer affordable fashion while at the same time helping people in need. “During the year,” Mead says, “We help the St. Francis House, we help the Betty Griffin, and now we’re doing a back-to-school program on the weekends, where we fill backpacks up for kids to go home that don’t really have any food. We buy the gift cards and then they go ahead and buy all the food that contributes to that.”

Shoppers say the prices are great and everything is so different than what you would
find anywhere else. And new handpicked items arrive to the store weekly. Jacksonville shopper Patty Hayos says, “It’s beautiful, so very unique, every single piece.”

Another thing that makes Two Sparrows boutique unique is its Prayers and Praises wall.
There are dozens of hand-written messages customers from all over the country write and hang on the wooden wall. People can write whatever they want, like heartfelt messages, prayers, or inspirational quotes.

Visit Two Sparrows’ Facebook page and you’ll see dozens of 5-star reviews talking about
how beautiful the store is, the friendliness of the staff, and how inspirational the pray wall is.

If you’re a person who loves shopping and helping others, Two Sparrows may be the
place for you.