Saturday, December 29, 2012

For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. ~ T.S. Eliot

As this year comes to an end, and the new year begins, it is time to be grateful for the things we have.

Here at 2 Chic Boutique, we are grateful for our clients. Whether you've been coming here for years, or you've only been here one time, we are so thankful for you.

We've been trying to come up with a special way to say "Thank you"...and besides the New Year's Sale we're having, we've formulated a very special promotion, to be announced January 4th. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sibley's Winter Window displays...

Do you remember window shopping at the big downtown department stores? Freezing cold holiday shoppers all pressed up against the plate glass like moths to a porch light. Dreams of sugar plums and reindeer and presents under the tree were fueled by these sparkling menageries of the latest and greatest stuff. The displays themselves were an art form; and pulling people in off the street was the ultimate goal. In all but our largest metros, scenes like these have been lost as retailers gradually moved to suburban malls. This series of pictures from the Rochester Public Library documents some of the windows at Sibley, Lindsay and Curr Co. department store in downtown Rochester more than 70 years ago…

A Sibley’s Christmas-time window display with the theme of English carolers in a village. 
“In Merrie England. The Christmas Carolers on Their Rounds Through the Village.
 The Spirit of Christmas in is in the air.” 1925.

A Sibley’s window display at Christmas, featuring mannequins in skiwear 
and other winter outerwear. 1932.

Skiwear and other winter outerwear. 1940.

A variety of wreaths and artificial trees. 1940. This window also features a copy of an oil painting by William L. Taylor based on a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Home Keeping Hearts are Happiest.”

I found all of these photos and statements on the following website where you can see even more beautiful Sibley window display photos:

Friday, November 30, 2012

19th Annual Park Ave Holiday Open House!

Some say that after the fourth of July, the summer flies by. 
And some say that after Thanksgiving, everything goes down hill.

Well ,here we go! We're face-to-face with the time of year humans have always struggled to survive. It gets dark early and gets light late. It's cold freezing. You have to dress in 3-5 layers. Driving becomes extra scary. And you always lose one your favorite gloves, etc. etc. etc.

But Old Man Winter also forces us to count our blessings: the glittery snow on a sunny winter day, a lovely shelter you call home, central heating and fireplaces, family and friends, and lots and lots of sales.

So, here we go!
Let's be brave.
And stay positive whenever possible.
And when all else fails, you can always come on down to 2 Chic Boutique
 for a little retail therapy. 

With all of these things said, here are some photos of the event that, for all of us here on Park Avenue, really marks the beginning of this extra special season....

The 19th Annul Park Avenue 
Holiday Open House!

Exhibit A: Noma Bliss and her friend Meegan redid  our windows for the season. We LOVE them! And to add a bit more of a holiday-y feel we decided to stick two little artificial Christmas trees outside for the evening. 

Poinsettia: check!

Pretty candle and cookies: check!

Up close shot of the windows...

Holiday styling complete!
Bring on the crowds!

P.S. Notice anything different?
Besides the fact that it's already dark at 6:10 (see blue clock), we had to move our little Christmas trees inside because of the crazy wind... burr!

Oh well..still looks pretty!

Hooray! Carolers!! 

... and the crowds began to gather....

...and gather!

My favorite part of the Holiday Open House is how Park Avenue begins to look and feel like a bustling little city center. It's so wonderful!

I spy Santa!

And two more Santas!

And one last Santa!

And here are the Santa carolers... they are amazing!

random people started dancing...

Here are the beautiful candles Stacy K had done... soooo pretty!

And my favorite neighborhood window... Peppermint!
I talked with Tanvi and her window theme was "Home."

...and it is SO home-y. Just the site of little figurine villages make me all warm and fuzzy inside :)

...I spy another Santa!

Holy mittens! Fun, cozy, and cute.
If you're looking for a great little gift for someone this holiday season, you have to stop by Peppermint!

And Peppermint staff were roasting chestnuts on an open fire :)

And then my camera battery ran out of juice. 


If you missed the Holiday Open House, do not fret! There's always next year. 

So until next time, bundle up, and try and stay warm and cozy!

And come in any time for our store wide sales and a cup of tea :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

New GR Dano!

Hello, again, GR Dano! 
We used to carry this line years ago, and then something happened, 
and we stopped ordering it. 
But Jenn remembered how cool it was the other day, 
and then we looked them up online, and, wow!
We're rediscovering our love for GR Dano!

Here are the brand new pieces, just in!
Come and get them for 25% off this Friday and Saturday only 
during our after Thanksgiving Sale!

New Itemz

It's classy, cozy, flattering, super soft, and new! 
Here are some photos of the new Itemz pieces that just came in on Saturday.
This Friday and Saturday, they will be 25% off during our after Thanksgiving sale!!