About Us

Marg and Melissa, 1989, at Garbo’s, 210 Brock Street South, WhitbyOwner Melissa Annan has always had a passion for fashion. She loves her boutique, loves clothes, loves to shop, but most of all, she loves her clients.

“My clients truly inspire my drive to stay in this business. It’s really all about the customer and making them feel great about the way they look and feel. Dressing each woman to suit her individual style and image is simply what I love to do.”

In the business since 1979, Melissa started out at her mother’s Annandale boutique, which was named after her father’s Golf and Country Club. Highly visual with an innate sense of style, she began as a buyer, drawn to such designers as Linda Lundström and Alfred Sung with the inherent belief that quality is the key to any collection.

In 1985, Melissa and her mother, Margaret Annan, opened Garbo’s Boutique in downtown Whitby. After 20 years there, Melissa felt the instinct to move with the changing times, believing that the only way to keep on top of things would be to work at a one-on-one level with her clients and get to know their individual needs first hand. She downsized in 2006, moved Garbo’s to south Ajax and never looked back.

Working by appointment throughout the week and open regular hours on Saturdays, Melissa is able to give her clients the personal and customizable service they want. Buying distinctive collections and refusing to sell what you can find next door has allowed Melissa to maintain Garbo’s unique offering. Above all else, her clients trust her! And the secret is her honesty.

“My customers have to love it and I have to love it on them, or they cannot have it. They trust me to tell them what I think about how they look and it has to be fabulous. Nothing else will do.”