Our Story began in the Fall of 1985 when two young girls embarked on college life in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  Although both from Central Iowa, they had never met before and both chose to pursue a degree in Fashion Merchandising.  They would soon meet and spend countless hours in the classroom together dreaming of their careers in the fashion world.   When not in class, they both worked retail throughout college, Paula at K-Mart and Lea at Younkers. 

After graduation, they lost touch with each other, and both eventually stopped working in the fashion industry.  Both spent many years working in “Corporate America”, Paula in Mortgage Underwriting and Lea in Health Care Operations.  Although they enjoyed their respective careers, they both knew that they would eventually end up where they started… Fashion merchandising and sharing their passion for fashion with others.  

Paula was the first to make the move.  In August of 2017, she quit her job and opened Purple Poppy Boutique in Johnston, IA.  It is a wildly successful independently owned and operated retail store that offers women’s clothing, accessories, and gift items.  Paula loves coming to work every day and it truly shows. The attention and service she gives each of her customers are outstanding.   

In October 2019 Lea walked into the Purple Poppy Boutique and was met at the door by Paula.  They reconnected and immediately fell back into the easy friendship they had all those years ago.  Lea began working at the Johnston store and knew that she had, indeed, found what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.   With the mentorship of Paula, Lea opened Purple Poppy Too in Ankeny in May 2020.  

While similar to the Johnston store, the Ankeny store offers Men’s, Infants and Toddlers in addition to Women’s lines.  Paula and Lea will continue to work together to offer all of our customers the very best shopping experience they can have.  

Meet The Team

Paula Bierle

Paula is a long time resident of Johnston.. She’s been happily married for twenty-seven years and has two grown children, Allie and Mason. She enjoys shopping, spending time with family and helping the women of Johnston look and feel their best.

Lea Fagervik

Lea Fagervik is a long time resident of Ankeny, IA.  Recently retired from healthcare operations, Lea has joined the team at Purple Poppy Boutique to continue her lifelong passion of helping others.  She has a fashion merchandising degree from the University of Northern Iowa and worked many years in retail.

Jenni King

Jenni King lives in Grimes with her 3 children. Jenni has a wealth of knowledge in retail sales and merchandising.  She loves attending her kids activities, walking and spending time with family and friends.  She will be working on our social media, website and loves to help ladies find that perfect outfit!

Kyra Theisen

Kyra is a senior at Johnston High School. She is on the dance team and spends her time dancing and hanging out with friends and family.

Taryn Mock

Taryn is a junior at Johnston high school. She is on the volleyball team and spends her him with family and friends!  She is ready to help you with all your shopping questions.