Madison resident Nikki Anderson sought to find a way to blend creativity with her passion for social work. She began to envision a business where she could empower women and help fight poverty while retaining the flexibility needed to raise her two young children.  After a year of planning, research, meeting with vendors, making industry connections, and inspired by the famous quote “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”, Change was born. 

Since opening in 2012, Change Boutique has become a valuable resource to both the local community and to the artisans in developing countries that produce the clothing, jewelry and accessories that they sell. By providing an alternative to purchasing sweat-shop produced garments, Change has made ethical fashion more accessible in Madison.

Change has also developed a meaningful relationship with the University of Wisconsin's Textile and Apparel Program in an effort to educate the next generation of fashion professionals about the importance of sustainable practices in garment production.

In addition, Change has donated considerable time and resources to local non-profit organizations such as Rainbow Project, DAIS, Project Respect, Slave Free Madison, Briarpatch and Safe Harbor - all of which advocate for and serve the needs of vulnerable women and children.

The store has been recognized by both the Isthmus and Madison Magazine reader polls in 2015 as Best Women's Clothing Boutique in Madison.