Stephanie Boivin chats to customers, asking them about their lives and remembering details from the last time they visited her store. Around her, an assortment of jewelry, Christmas trees, hair pieces and furniture add character to her quaint, new store, Sissy's Vintage & Nouveau Boutique.
Opened this past June, Sissy's sells a wide variety of items ranging from specialty gifts and jewelry to home furnishings and specialty furniture. Prices range from a few pieces for under $10 to the specialty furniture, which costs more than $1,000, said Boivin, the owner of the store.
"There's an eclectic mix that really gives people the chance to come and find something special," she said.
The merchandise sold is chosen from shows, catalogues, talking to representatives and from Boivin traveling around and out of the area to find new pieces that people wouldn't normally see. If a customer comes in looking for something the store doesn't carry, then she said she enjoys looking for the items and finding new things.
"Everything I pick in here, I love because I have to love everything, so I can enjoy what I look at here," she said.
Boivin also bought a lot of the things she sells for herself, family members and friends. She talks about her personal experience with customers if they are unsure who to give something to, how to style a piece of jewelry or incorporate a piece into their home.
She describes the atmosphere of the store as "a cross between sassy, elegant, shabby-chic, and fun." She added the store is constantly changing with the weekly shipments of new merchandise.
Boivin said the selection, the feel of the store, the personal connection she has with her customers and the personal touch the store gives is what is causing her customer base to grow and continue to return.