New store in Strasburg Borough will open inside existing shop
BY CINDY HUMMEL, Correspondent
Shoppers can browse a store within a store beginning Friday in Strasburg Borough.
Fresh Vintage by Amy will open at 21 W. Main St., inside Sweet Charity Boutique.
In May, Liz Marvin opened Sweet Charity Boutique at the address to sell "gently loved" clothes and items made by area artisans. She also sells items that support charities, including a children's book that raises money to promote adoption of African American children.
Amy Soper, of Lampeter, has been selling an eclectic selection of antiques at Sweet Charity Boutique since May. When Soper's merchandise became among the most popular items in the store, the two businesswomen came up with the idea for Soper to open a store in the boutique.
On Friday, Soper will open shop as Fresh Vintage by Amy on the east side of the structure's first floor.
On Monday, getting ready for the opening, Soper and her daughter Annie carried an antique wood couch with green upholstery into the store. The green set off the lighter colored items in the store, which Soper called "timeless, romantic and chic."
Fresh Vintage by Amy has an off-white set of vintage suitcases stacked on a table with milk glass. Soper, who grew up around antiques, also sells hand-sewn items. Annie, an aspiring photographer, works at the store and sells her own artwork.
Soper said she also will become the third vendor in the state to sell two brands of chalk paint, Miss Mustardseed's and Annie Sloan.
In addition to gently used brand-name clothes and accessories, Sweet Charity sells artwork, jewelry, soaps, bags, soaps and candles. Marvin said all of the items are made in the Strasburg vicinity, including Willow Street, Lampeter and Paradise. Most of the artisans are moms who create their wares in between taking care of children.
In addition to owning Sweet Charity, Marvin also is program director for Interpreting Services (sign language interpreting) for the region as well as an indoor cycling instructor at LA Fitness and the L-S YMCA.
Marvin and Soper plan to hold a grand-reopening in March.
Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The store is closed on Monday and Tuesday.