About Us

Our Early Days
Laser Etch Me by Embroidery Boutique, a family-owned and run monogramming, embroidery, engraving and gift store, was established in 1989 by Laurae and Gary Hathaway.Laurae was involved in the world of fabric, color, and design since she was a teenager and was inspired to start her own business. Laurae’s skill and passion for design and customer satisfaction was the driving force behind our success.
Our First Retail Store
Initially, this was just a small business at home. As word spread about the quality of our work we added larger nationwide clients. In 1990 we opened our first retail store in Boca Raton, Florida. Embroidery Boutique continued to grow. Laurae’s years of experience in floral design and interior decorating enabled Embroidery Boutique to assist our satisfied customers with their decorating and gift ideas.
As We Grew
As a family-run business, Laurae and Gary’s four children contributed to the growth of the company and each has experience working at Embroidery Boutique by Designs for You. Three of the four eventually moved on to other things and have families living in Florida.Laurae and Gary’s youngest, Debby Funk, followed her childhood passions and was a successful hair & makeup artist for 12 years. She lived in NYC for 5 years and continued her career in Georgia and South Florida.Debby joined the family business in 2006 and has become extremely experienced in embroidery with a fantastic eye for color and design. She loves collaborating with our customers to create unique one-of-a-kind items..
Embroidery Boutique Relocates to Knoxville, Tennessee
In 2014, Debby was eager to bring her vision of a family-friendly monogramming gift shop to Knoxville. We opened our Knoxville location and have been growing rapidly ever since.
We Begin To Offer Custom Engraving and Laser Etching
In 2016, we started offering custom engraving and laser etching with our industry leading techniques. Unlike the majority of our competitors offering this service, we require no minimums to order. 
The Next Generation Carries on The Business
In January of 2020 Debby purchased the business and now runs and operates the business with the same passion and quality that her parents once did. She is eager and excited to carry-on the second generation of Designs for you!
We love that our customers enter as strangers and leave as friends!
We look forward to many years of growth and building new relationships and servicing our customers.