Maren Mullin, owner of Gallery MAR, shares her tips on must stop shops from a stylish perspective in the 2nd of three installments. Check out Maren’s tips on artful stops and stay tuned for where to go for well-designed digs next month.
The winter season is the perfect time to stroll Historic Park City's Main Street. The holiday lights are hung, stores are open extended hours (most from 10 am to 9 pm), and everyone is in a cheery mood. Park City was recently named one of the Friendliest Cities in the nation, and as our shopkeepers are our city's unofficial ambassadors, you can be assured to meet the merriest faces in the mountains.
But as an art gallery owner, I'm not only looking for the "charm" in our quaint town, I'm looking for the artful, the stylish, and the well designed. I've put together a list of the Main Street stops through my design-oriented eyes.
It's the (lucky) curse of working on Main Street -- you can't walk to work without stumbling passed, or into, a few lovely clothing boutiques on the way. Like it or not, my self and my gallery staff are a captive audience to our stores. A week doesn't go by that we don't share a new "buy" with each other.
Here is a list of the favorite boutiques keeping us looking our best in the gallery...
Farasha: think "artist meets cloth" in this gem of a shop. Tucked above Main Street's Bangkok Thai, this store features emerging, global designers with a unique and fresh look at fashion. The petite owner is the epitome of all-things fashion and the store is an extension of her lifestyle: fabulous, fun, and a just the right amount of funk. Look for crystal jewelry and ring-clutch handbags alongside gala-appropriate gowns.
Flight Boutique: if you're short on time, this stop is the perfect place to add a variety of styles to your wardrobe. We love the variety of price points ($400 or $40 for a dress, depending on designer) and this store appeals to many generations of shoppers, so bring your mother. Owned by two stylish best friends, Flight knows their pieces well and offers great advice.
Hathenbruk: located off of the main drag, this boutique is owned by the "cool kids" you knew in high school... only this time around, they're super sweet and actually want to chat you up. Perfectly tailored, only the ultra-hip, and names you didn't even know you had to know, this shop is a must-see for shoes, jackets, and oh-so perfect basics.
Panache: founded in Sun Valley, Idaho, this chic shop is the epitome of alpine clothiers, right next to Atticus tea shop. Shop first, tea later, because you will want to get your (clean!) hands on their sumptuous cashmere and accessories, as well a cocktail dresses and denim lines. The price point in not for the faint of pocket, but a few luxuries are essential, right?
Check out Maren’s tips for artful stops and hang tight for where to find well-designed digs in an upcoming blog post.