|Downtown BG store offers accessories to make any outfit a fashion statement|
|Written by By JENISE FOUTS Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Friday, 31 July 2009 12:45|
Findlay residents Pam Hamlin and her daughter, Kristina Pritchard, have grown their small handmade jewelry hobby into two storefront businesses. Their newest is TRENDS! on Main, at 153 N. Main St. in Bowling Green, a boutique guaranteed to help clients turn an ordinary outfit into something fashionably trendy.
Their first retail store in Findlay opened 15 months ago and expanded so much, "we decided to open a shop in Bowling Green," said Hamlin. The two were drawn to Bowling Green because of its diverse population, plus the friendly persuasion from three relatives who graduated from Bowling Green State University and urged considering the city as an option.
Hamlin, an elementary principal, has found it challenging to keep up with the demand of their jewelry sales and doing her job. "We'd started traveling to Atlanta, New York City, Chicago, L.A. and started bringing things back wholesale, and made some great connections with people around the United State to bring trends to our store," she said.
That gave them the motto, "Let TRENDS! Boutique Make Your Wardrobe Unique!"
"If you can find a basic outfit, you can change it with a piece of jewelry. We find things we like and bring it back to share with others."
TRENDS! on Main offers purses, hats, scarves, jewelry, luggage, makeup cases, sun dresses, dorm accessories, hair products, gift items, perfumes, sunglasses and cards handmade by a teacher, along with special order luggage tags and personalized name cards. Hamlin said the store is getting some sorority merchandise and will have Web monogram capabilities.
"We make things affordable," said Hamlin. "We don't mark up our products like big stores do." She has seen some of their merchandise three times higher in price in other stores. One of their more popular items is "Switch Flops," a flip-flop sandal which can be varied in color to match every outfit by switching the material on the "Y" portion of the shoe.
The store is spacious enough to offer "Girls' Night Out" parties for women, teens or young girls. Parties can include "Make it-Take it," beading a bracelet; "Shopping Extravaganza"; "Glamour Girls," a free Mary Kay color consultation; "Dancing Diva," learning the basics of hip hop or jazz; and even bridal showers and children's birthday parties.
Another unusual aspect of the store is "Journey Jeans," where customers can bring in old jeans, and if they fit the store's specifications of name brand, receive $5 to spend in the store. The used jeans will be sold in the store for $9.99.
The store has been a true family affair. Hamlin owns it and Pritchard manages it. Hamlin's husband, Timothy, handles the accounting and makes blown glass pendants which are sold in the store. Their son Blake, 9, provides security. "Nothing'll get by him," noted Hamlin.
Because Pritchard is a theater major at the University of Findlay, the store is co-managed by Peggy Thompson of Findlay. Five of the store's eight employees are BGSU students.
|Last Updated on Friday, 31 July 2009 12:43|
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