One of the many things I love about my job is the relationships I have with the like-minded, fashion fueled entrepreneurs that bring hard-to-source fashions right to my very home city. The Boutique owners, the shop girls & boys, the steamer-in-hand omniscient dear ones that know every crack in their shop floor, and set aside the biggest dressing room just for me and mine. The lovely souls that dish about their anticipated new inventory like it’s their biggest Christmas Wish List come true. And the ones that know me by name and are truly proud to see me growing and reaching my goals. To these men and women, I am indebted and my business would be much different without them. To all of my beloved boutique owners, Thank You!
And without further adieu…
A Boutique Brief: Communion.
Early this week I had a very special Boutique Tour on the books for Alexandra Franzen. Her blog is a place I go to regularly for business and writing inspiration, and over the weekend I participated in an insanely powerful workshop she led. When our tour day came around, I was flying high on wanting to bring my appreciation out in full form. (Alex brings such a wealth of knowledge and inspiration to so many people, I wanted her to feel the love in return!) Our day was perfect. And seeing the city again through a smitten, out-of-towner’s eyes, I could tell I was hitting home the sentiment I was hoping to provide.
Our last stop was Communion. I had called in a little reinforcement, and Marcy (the owner), and her entourage, were gracious enough to make the experience what I intended. When Alex and I arrived, she was delighted at the aesthetic and her private dressing room that was specifically prepared, Scarlet style.
In addition to being approachable and pragmatic, Marcy knows everything about each product in her store which makes the experience that much more valuable. She omits an obvious pride for each line she carries and is quick to provide relevant facts about all of her unique pieces. Reif, Skargorn, Dear Creatures, Upper Metal Class, and AK Vintage are just a few from the laundry list of designers Communion brings to Portland. And let’s not forget she has a soft spot for all things local, giving homes to local designers like Lemolo, Bridge & Burn and MOX Botanicals, amongst others.
Communion is a step ahead, causing the 20s and 30-somethings of Portland to breathe retail sighs of relief when it comes to finding affordable streetwear and easy staples for professionals in ‘creative casual’ environments.