Every day, Summer Schriner gets one step closer to moving her boutique across Cedar Street and into the newest part of Lansing's Old Town.
"We're really excited to be expanding Old Town retail a little bit to the east," says Schriner, owner of Grace Boutique of Old Town.
"It will be great to join Leopold & Bloom and get closer to Zoobies."
In January, Schriner announced she was moving Grace Boutique into Young's Landing, a building just across the street from the old Temple Club. Now five months into renovations, she says she's gearing up for a June opening that will also welcome a second tenant into the three-storefront building at 509 E. Grand River.
"It's been like herding cats," laughs Schriner of the ongoing renovations that involve pulling out carpet, refinishing floors, restoring original wood trim, painting, and installing new lighting and fans. "But everybody now is moving at the right time in the right place."
Schriner opened her women's shop that specializes in classic styles in 2007. Since then, she's built a loyal following of shoppers looking for clothing and accessories with a vintage feel. The move from her current location at 115. E. Grand River, she says, will double her floor space to 2,200 square feet, and allow her to carry more items and to showcase designers. She also plans to host occasional private shopping parties and other events as space and time allow.
"We're been very fortunate that word-of-mouth about our service and shop has helped us out," says Schriner. "I want women to know when they come here that I'll get them something they'll look fabulous in."
Schriner currently works with one other person to run the boutique. Shortly after her move, Curvaceous Lingerie
will move from Okemos into the adjacent storefront to complete the retail duo.
"They're a good fit for Old Town," says Shriner of the business owned by Loren Long. "She has a great eye and the spunk and personality that fits down here."
Source: Summer Schriner, Owner, Grace Boutique
Writer: Ann Kammerer, Development News Editor