BOSSBABE #2 | Cammie Dubreuil of California East Swimwear
May 1, 2019
Welcome to California East Meet the owner and Aquidneck Island native, Cammie DubreuilOpened in Feb 2017 she just celebrated 2yrs in business!Realizing the absence of a great place to buy a quality swimsuit… Cammie saw the need for a new store. We live on an island folks, bathing suits are just an extension of your wardrobe here! She saw the potential in this untapped market in Newport and came up with a plan. Call it luck or perfect timing but she was able to scoop up a sweet spot right next door to her familys restaurant, Gary’s Handy Lunch on lower Thames street. Born and raised in Middletown RI in the home her father built. She attended Johnson and Whales and studied Fashion Merchandising. Fresh out of college she took a job with a local real estate boutique Libby Kirwin Real Estate as well as an internship at Style Newport where she learned the ins and outs of retail. But it was growing up working for the family at Gary’s Handy Lunch that taught her the value of good customer service. Started off as a dish washer, a cook then moved to waitress. Owned and operated by her grandfather for the past 50yrs Gary’s Handy Lunch plays a big role in who she is and has taught her so many invaluable lessons.
California East is a shop for all sizes. Mix and match tops and bottoms or find the perfect one-piece for that afternoon pool party. Suits for teens, Moms, Grandma as well as Dad, brother and Grandpa.
There is no silent partner here, she’s done it all on her own and she loved taking that leap!
“I love being able to share the joy of owning my own business. It’s great to see women happy and smiling while doing one of the hardest things…shopping for a bathing suit! It’s a peaceful space and I never know what the day is going to bring or who is going to walk in, I just love it!”
When asked what she does for self-care she said the gym is her go to, her #1 release. She also frequents the chiropractor as well as quiet mornings outside enjoying a good cup of Joe to whisk the worries away.
Her advice to those who have an idea, a dream, a passion for something… Don’t overthink it, just do it! It’s little steps in that direction everyday that gets you to your goal! She lives by the saying, Do what you love and love what you do and you will never work a day in your life!
Thank you for giving us a peek into your world Cammie! Congratulations on living your dream and cheers to you and the success of your business!