Paige Sullivan a short while ago opened a third site for her boutique — Christine Shirley. Christine Shirley’s Annville site, 113 E. Principal St., held its grand opening Sept. 23.
“I’m from Lebanon, and friends have been urging me to open something close to dwelling. I’ve experienced my eye on Annville for a while — it’s a college city and it is a fantastic place for a boutique. I just required to discover the proper house,” she stated.
The space turned out to be the 1st flooring or the small yellow dwelling across from the Allen Theatre & Backstage Café. “I’m proud of this area. It’s a 400 square-foot shoe box, but it has a fantastic vibe like my other locations,” she claimed.
Sullivan has been sewing her overall life — originally earning scrunchies to offer at lawn revenue. “I’ve always had a enthusiasm to sew. About below more folks sew, but in most spots sewing is form of a shed artwork,” she explained, “In large college I favored home ec. I was into vogue illustrating and designing clothes.”
Her senior task at Lebanon Large School was a tennis line she envisioned Serena Williams putting on. That undertaking turned Sullivan’s portfolio, which acquired her admission to Syracuse University’s manner design and style application. She also examined retail management. “I’m putting all that information to use appropriate now with my very own organization,” Sullivan mentioned.
A college internship at Anthropologie, a women’s garments and way of living brand, in New York Metropolis, was a stepping stone to her initial career out of college or university operating as a visual manager and then as an apparel supervisor in Anthropologie’s Wayne and Philadelphia places.
She launched Christine Shirley Stitching & Patterns in Wayne in 2015. The business’ title is a mixture of Sullivan’s center identify — Christine — and the actuality that she grew up on Shirley Push. At first it was a sewing studio that provided lessons for people today of all ages to learn to sew, stitch, embroider, knit or crochet. 3 several years afterwards Sullivan expanded, opening a retail retail outlet, Christine Shirley, showcasing her personal handmade clothing and apparel ideal following to the studio. A 2nd locale opened in 2020 in Stone Harbor, New Jersey it’s open only through seashore time.
“We have a quite inventive atmosphere,” Sullivan explained, “We’re genuinely into hospitality, and the décor of the store variations every month. It’s a purchasing experience that focuses on shopper support, and there’s a fantastic atmosphere for all the senses. Buys are wrapped up like a gift deal.”
“We also teach stitching classes and even vogue style (in the Wayne place). We consider anyone who needs to learn. The training studio is quite bright. It’s a bit like ‘Project Runway,’” she extra.
Sullivan claimed she had been on the lookout for a third locale to provide as retail house for overstock things, and the Annville area fits the bill. “We even now have the exact focus on hospitality including a superb aroma in the retailer and attentive team. The outfits and attire is very well designed, it’s just overstock,” she stressed.
As an alternative of shifting retailer décor regular, it will modify seasonally, or every single quarter, in Annville. “Right now it is tumble. Our Xmas/vacation appear will be wonderful,” she stated, “I imagine it will be a thing the space hasn’t had ahead of.”
She’s hoping to provide courses and workshops in the upcoming.
Christine Shirley’s Annville hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Additional information and facts is accessible at christineshirleydesigns.com.
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