Modern, floral and vintage combined at new store
One Dublin resident is hoping a mix of modern, floral and vintage will draw people to her new business.
Suzanne Shealy opened MOD-Vintage four months ago at 2700 Billingsley Road, fulfilling a long-time aspiration.
"I have three children. They're teens and now seemed like the time to go back to work," Shealy said. "I always had a dream to open my own store."
Shealy graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in fashion merchandising.
After 13 years working in retail in Chicago, she moved to Dublin in 2004. With a yearning to get back into the job market, Shealy decided to create her own job at the Billingsley Road store.
"I live close by," she said, adding she looked at places in Historic Dublin and downtown Powell, but preferred the location just off Sawmill Road.
"I know the area well and it's close to (Interstate) 270," Shealy said.
"It's right in between a bunch of suburbs. It's a good starting point and very convenient for people. There's parking right out front."
The new boutique carries clothing, jewelry, home decor, gifts and upcycled furniture.
"The clothing is modern and moderate," Shealy said. "It's not vintage clothing, but I have vintage handbags and jewelry.
"That makes it special and different. It's nice because no one else will have it."
The clothing comes from vendors Shealy finds at spots such as MerchantMart in Chicago.
"I try to have styles that fit most silhouettes," she said. "There are different things that fit all types of bodies."
Home decor such as chalk boards, wood signs, rugs, pillows and other items, Shealy picks up at vendors markets.
"I think of it as like Anthropologie, but at a lower price," she said.
Shealy's store also offers gifts and she tries to find gifts that are meant to be special.
"I like them to have meaning to them," she said, adding that one bracelet features pearls that represent blessings in life.
As for jewelry and furniture, Shealy is looking to local artists and sales for those.
"I go to a lot of estate sales every week. I have friends who redo (the furniture)," she said, adding that she makes some jewelry, but is always looking for new local artists to showcase.
"I call it the funky little boutique off the beaten path," Shealy said. "You can get some unique and one-of-a kind finds."
MOD-Vintage is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.