Blu is the new blue.
So, some exciting new news! The Happy Woman store has teamed up with an awesome TC store called EmpireBlu Vintage Furnishings! We are selling clothing, hats, scarves, and jewelry in this cool space located on Woodmere Avenue across from the Tru-Fit Trouser building. How did this happen, you may ask. Well, like so many fun things in life, it was kind of serendipitous. I bought some of owner Carla’s, chalkpaint last fall to spruce up the denim display at the Suttons Bay store. We talked and I found out that she has shopped in my store, and for a few minutes, we became a mutual admiration society as we oohed and aaahed about each other’s shops. Cut to April of this year when I get the idea to have a garage sale to thin out some of the display items I have purchased over the years and I immediately think of contacting Carla. I mention this to my neighbor who just happens to know Carla and tells and her about my plan and the next thing you know, Carla is in my basement buying stuff for her shop. In the meantime, a little seed had been growing in the back of my mind: what if I were to bring some of my clothing into her shop to sell. I wasn’t sure if she was interested, but I popped the question and she was! So, today, I spent some time setting up at EmpireBlu Vintage. It was so much fun to put my stuff in with her cool vintage finds. Carla was a school teacher for 22 years and opened her business in 2010. She has always loved vintage and accessorizing her home — she says she was constantly changing her bedroom around when she was younger. And her love of the hunt was fostered by her grandfather who took her along to flea markets and estate sales. The name of her shop was inspired by her grandparents, too. They owned a cottage in Empire and on trips from northern Indiana to their summer home, her grandmother always noticed that the sky changed color when they got to Cadillac causing her to exclaim “The sky is Empire blue, girls!” So, you can see how the name of the store is just perfect. We are so excited to be part of her awesome shop! The shop is located at 1135 Woodmere Avenue in Traverse City and is open Monday – Saturday from 10 to 6. Please stop in and check it out!