For the next few days, what with the holidays approaching, we’ll be speaking to small retail stores in the South Sound. If you’d like to nominate a retail business for this series, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Address: 4779 Point Fosdick Dr. N.W., Uptown Gig Harbor
On the phone: Mark Crowley, co-owner. He and wife Maria Miskoski own the store, which is new to Uptown Gig Harbor but which was established in Downtown Gig Harbor.
Give me a quick description of what your store sells.
Women’s contemporary clothing, designer clothing, and accessories such as jewelry and handbags.
When did your holiday season start?
Probably the first week in November. Uptown kicked it off, and the Rotary Club did a "Ho Ho Holidays" gathering. That kicked off the holiday season for us.
How is it going so far?
Things are great. Things have been fantastic for us. I think we’re just trying to make the best of what’s going on and have some fun while we’re doing it.
What are you hearing form your shoppers about their budgets?
Actually, we’re not hearing much of anything. I think people are making some adjustments. I think peoples’ incomes haven’t really changed. We try not to let the economy be a downer for everybody. People come in to shop, and we take care of them.
Are you having any sales?
We’re a small boutique, so we don’t generally run any sales. Every once in a while we do specials. We have a four-year anniversary coming up. We may tie that in with the holiday season.
What’s the most popular item?
Probably our most popular label is True Religion jeans. William Rast. Vince cashmere sweaters. We’ve had a lot of success with our accessories such as scarves and jewelry.