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Dover Post
  • Vintage clothing store takes up shop in historic storefront

  • For 23 years, Suite 101B of 32 West Loockerman St. was home to Delaware Made, a store that specialized in First State souvenirs. Delaware Made owner Tom Smith decided last year it was time to close up shop. Downtown Dover shoppers now will notice a new business has begun calling the storefront home.
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  • For 23 years, Suite 101B of 32 West Loockerman St. was home to Delaware Made, a store that specialized in First State souvenirs. Delaware Made owner Tom Smith decided last year it was time to close up shop. Downtown Dover shoppers now will notice a new business has begun calling the storefront home.
    Celebrity Style Vintage Boutique, which specialized in vintage clothing, opened just last week and already the shop is filled with an array of vintage, designer and new clothing for men and women.  
    The shop may be new, but buying and selling vintage clothes is not new to owner Marcella Pigford.
    “I started out online,” Pigford said. “I would have yard sales at my place. I would go to churches and set up a tent and sell items there. I would sell items out of the trunk of my car.”
    The mother of two took her business from a part-time side business to a full-time commitment by opening Celebrity Style Vintage Boutique last week. A loft within the shop currently houses the online half of the boutique, while the ground floor is filled with clothing, both new and vintage.
    Celebrity Style carries a wide variety of clothing for women, with everything from business attire and casual clothing hanging on the shop’s racks. The boutique also carries suits, slacks, blazers and shirts for men.
    Pigford carries new clothing from stores like Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue. She also sources her vintage clothing from online sellers, church sales and vintage boutiques.
    “I love vintage shopping,” she said. “I’ll shop at boutiques if I’m in New York City, Maryland, Virginia, wherever I travel. I love to travel and I have trouble keeping my money in my pocket when it comes to clothing.”
    Celebrity Style Vintage Boutique fills a niche that the Downtown Dover Partnership has been working to satisfy, as the partnership is looking to bring new clothing stores into downtown, said Ed Perez, downtown coordinator for the Downtown Dover Partnership.
    “We thought that the way the concept of the store was laid out invites the whole community at large to come in,” Perez said. “The clothing store is sort of a concept to rejuvenate both men and women.”
    Pigford, a Philadelphia native turned Dover resident, also offers styling services. Clients can come into her shop, give her and idea of what they’re looking for and she’ll pick out clothes for them. Pigford, who worked as a nurse for 23 years, first tried her hand at styling by helping her nursing co-workers find dresses for formal events.
    Page 2 of 2 - In the future Pigford hopes to offer head-to-toe makeover services. Clients will get a new outfit complete with accessories, a new hairstyle, makeup application and nail services. Pigford hopes to work with a photographer who can document a client’s makeover from before to after. She is also in the process of hiring a seamstress who can alter clothes for clients.
    “I enjoy being able to put a smile on someone’s face and make them feel amazing in their clothing,” Pigford said.
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