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Walk on Water Boutique 2019

by Georgia Rivas

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At Walk on Water Boutique in Lake Mary’s Colonial TownPark, every piece of clothing, every accessory, every home décor item, and every gift selection serves as a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe or household – and every item also serves a much bigger purpose.

An impressive percentage of the store’s profits goes back into the community through local charitable organizations and causes. When you purchase an item from among the boutique’s hundreds of popular brands like Alex and Ani, Brighton, Simply Southern, Pandora, and Vera Bradley, you’re doing a world of good – and you’re doing it in style! Walk on Water customers delight in knowing that not only are they guaranteed to find what they’re looking for in the boutique’s plethora of options, but they help make our community a better place with  each purchase.

Since opening in 2004, Walk on Water has supported families and children in need, numerous community outreach efforts, and nonprofit organizations like the Sanford Crisis Center, Bags of Hope, Orlando Rescue Mission, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Women Playing for T.I.M.E., PanCan Network, Toys for Tots, The Sharing Center, and many others. Whether it’s through organized fundraisers, like the very popular Friends Helping Friends 5K Fun Run/Walk to support Safehouse of Seminole, or a T-shirt drive, in which Roxane designs a shirt to support a specific local cause, 100 percent of proceeds go directly to an organization or individual in need.

“Walk on Water was founded by my husband Rick and me as a way to make a difference in our community,” says owner Roxane Mann, a veteran in the retail industry. “This is where God brought us, and we dedicated the store to Him. Our goal is to be faithful stewards.”

The name Walk on Water is inspired by a well-known Bible story and serves as a constant reminder of God’s miracles. Since day one of the boutique’s opening, a compass has hung above the counter to represent Roxane and Rick’s conscious decision to follow God’s truth and guidance. There is no doubt that many miracles, big and small, have Walk on Water at the center.

Driven by her faith and philanthropic efforts, Roxane is well-known around town as the face of Walk on Water and a woman who works every day to serve her community. Roxane, however, will be the first to point out that she couldn’t do it all without her incredible staff who make shopping at Walk on Water a true pleasure. Great gifts and tokens abound from candles to teddy bears, children’s outfits to collegiate spirit gear, and more – and any one of the boutique’s cheerful attendants can help you find what you’re looking for. 

“I’ve been working at Walk on Water for 14 years, and all I can say is, ‘Wow!’” says Maria Bradley. “I love what we offer in our store, and we have amazing, loyal clients who support the purpose of what we do.”

“Each team member is a representative of the store’s mission and purpose, and we would never achieve the success we have today without them,” says Roxane.

Customers enjoy strolling into Walk on Water and seeing familiar faces like Angie Hayden, the boutique’s marketing manager and a dear friend of Roxane’s who has been with the store since its inception.

“I was there when Roxane was dreaming up Walk on Water and praying about it in church,” Angie recalls with a smile. “And I was there on opening day, eight months pregnant with my daughter, folding Life Is Good shirts!”

Roxane’s right arm is another familiar face, Kathy Hammerling, who has worked alongside her in the retail industry prior to Walk on Water’s opening 15 years ago.

“I am blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing supporters,” says Roxane. “My girls at the store, my husband, my son, and God make this all possible. It is such a joy to see that everything we do as a store and as a team comes full circle.”

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