The Closet Chick is an interesting and glamourous store that calls itself a "consignment boutique."
Located at 956 Portage Ave., the shop offers new and pre-loved brand-name, authentic designer, retro, vintage and locally designed clothes, in sizes XS- XL, along with footwear, purses, jewelry, scarves, bridal and cocktail fashion. It has something to offer to all women looking for affordable clothing and accessories.
You hear lovely relaxing music as you walk in the doors. There’s a waiting area in which the husband/boyfriend can sit.
"Some people have told me they just come in to listen to the music," owner Lorraine Hay said.
Hay opened the business in November 2005 at the corner of Ruby Street and Portage, and three years ago she moved to the corner of Lipton Street and Portage. It is situated on the second floor with large windows that let in a lot of light.
When I spoke with Hay, she said: "We will be celebrating our 10-year anniversary in 2015. This is nice for a small business because a lot of them don’t survive. The business is growing every year and we give a lot to charity."
Many people think The Closet Chick has mostly pre-loved (second-hand) clothing and accessories, however, that is not at all the case, according to Hay.
The store offers a lot of brand new dresses and bridal gowns along with some consignment items (current, within one year) and retro and vintage (1950s and ’60s) party dresses.
It also "features exclusive lines for the hip Baby Boomer woman, from local suppliers and designers."
The location is fabulous. There is unlimited parking at the rear of the building and the bus stops right in front of its doors in the heart of the West End and Wolseley communities.
"When a customer walks in unsure of what to purchase, to have her leave smiling ear-to-ear is a wonderful experience. That’s what gets me up every morning. It is all about the woman’s experience when she comes in," Hay said.
If you are interested in more information visit the website: http://www.theclosetchick.ca/
Arny Hjaltadottir is a community correspondent for the West End.