On the outside the house, Magalene’s Boutique in downtown Lexington appears to be the similar as it has for more than a yr, but a peek inside exhibits you some thing has undoubtedly improved.
The dim brunette functioning about the clothing and accessories keep is the first large adjust. Samantha Sturgill Ricks, a 2011 Central Davidson Large College graduate, obtained the retailer at the close of June and opened it now, July 13.
The retail outlet now has an open up feel to it with the clothing, jewelry and purse shows being pushed in opposition to the partitions of the store.
Whilst the title, for now, remains Magalene’s, it far too, will improve soon. The mother of three will rename the shop Gabrielle Stylish after her oldest child.
Improve is the norm for Ricks. Considering that substantial school graduation adjust has been a continuous in her existence. She moved absent to go to Virginia Tech University to develop into an architect. Fell in appreciate with historical architecture and switched her key and occupation decision. Next, she had a infant, bought married, experienced two a lot more small children, finished higher education, moved to Virginia Beach front and at last moved back again household to Davidson County in February 2020 — a person month right before COVID-19 adjusted her hometown and her daily life all over again.
“We had been heading to travel and see the country,” she mentioned. “Then COVID-19 shut every little thing down.”
Lastly, Ricks settled into staying a continue to be-at-home mother and aiding with some drafting jobs at her dad’s business, Sturgill Engineering. She began strolling close to downtown Lexington to choose in the architecture of the aged structures when she stopped into Magalene’s just one day and acquired operator Cyndi Garrison required to sell the retail store she had just bought from her sister-in-law, Lisa Everette, in December 2020.
“I left and stated, that is not for me. I’m not intrigued in buying a retail outlet,” she reported. “Then I could not prevent imagining about it.”
Ricks talked it in excess of with her partner, Duane, who said he would support her if she wanted to order Magalene’s. which is positioned at 16 W. 2nd Ave.
“I told him I thought it would be a great strategy and a little something for me and Grabrielle to do,” she said. “Like any excellent, Southern woman, I prayed on it. I really felt like this is in which I have to have to be and what I will need to be carrying out.”
The shop has been the starting off site for numerous other outlets in downtown Lexington, which includes Merle Norman, Cooper River Collection, Bees Knees and A Belle Boutique.
When she opened her doorways on July 13, she will not have a grand opening celebration until finally the title change of the retail outlet is full. In the meantime, she is hectic generating other modifications. Ricks has purchased new garments that ought to appear in soon. She is also arranging a excursion to the AmericaMart in Atlanta, Georgia, in August to get new goods for the retail store.
“Correct now,” almost everything is Boho design and style,” she claimed. “That’s not my private model. It will be edgier… not black lipstick edgy, but edgier. It will be the sort of position that I could occur in listed here with my mother and we will both discover something.”
In addition, Ricks ideas to incorporate some men’s reward items ahead of Xmas, these types of as wallets and belts. She will incorporate far more strains of denim this sort of as Cello and KanCan. She designs to hold the Myra line of denim products and solutions now marketed.
The jewelry choices will be expanded to consist of a lot more things created by regional designers. She has previously secured a local hair accent maker — Dream TopKnots — for the retailer.
“And I want to get sneakers in the retail outlet,” she claimed and a new line of purses. “I will keep the Myra luggage, and insert to it.”
Most of all, Ricks stated she wants to build a shop that is shiny and enjoyable and can make persons pleased when they wander in.
The retail outlet will be open from 10 a.m.-5:30 pm. Monday-Saturday. Those hrs may possibly modify as soon as she learns about locals’ purchasing practices.
To preserve up with new arrivals and variations at the retail store, abide by for now, Magalene’s on Instagram and Fb. The name transform will be introduced forward of time on the social media channels. Also, Ricks will host Facebook and Instagram Dwell shows to provide her products. You can learn about this by liking and subsequent her social media channels, and turning on notifications for the pages.
“This is still unbelievable,” she said of purchasing the retail store. “I in no way thought I would possess a keep. This was not the strategy. It is really God. God has had a hand in this. He would like me listed here for now.”
– Jill Doss-Raines is The Dispatch trending subjects and character profiles senior reporter and is normally searching for strategies about corporations and enjoyment occasions, secret and new menu objects, and appealing people today in Davidson County. Speak to me at [email protected] and subscribe to us at the-dispatch.com.