After nearly two decades in business, one of Raleighs oldest boutiques is shutting its doors. Lavender and Lace, a high-end bedding, toiletry and accessories shop will close on Dec. 31.
Owner Jeanne Clay cited the economy as the reason behind the difficult decision. Clay operated the store for 17 years in Cameron Village before moving to a smaller location near Five Points a year ago. During that time, she forged strong bonds with her customers.
I have made so many friends, Clay says. I have watched sons and daughters grow up as they have shopped with their dads, Ive seen babies born to girls who always shopped with their moms, and on and on.
Many of those customers have reached out to Clay since she made the decision to shutter the store, which sells fine bedding, loungewear, candles, toiletries, jewelry and other accessories.
The outpouring of love, affection, and concern has been overwhelming for me, she says. I go home incredibly humbled every night. I never expected this reaction to my closing the shop. Im so grateful to everyone who has supported me all of these years.
Clay says shes weighing her options and in the meantime will work as a consultant, outfitting bathrooms and bedrooms with the kind of items she sold in the store (clients can still reach her at the shop number 919-828-6007). She hopes that, even if its in a small way, her work can help improve the lives of others.
In the world today there should still be a place for things that make us feel better, she says. I am committed to continuing to bring that to everyone and to provide comfort and compassion along the way.
Boys night out
Clothes Hound has some help for guys doing last-minute holiday shopping for their ladies. From 5-8 p.m. on Friday, the store will host a Beer and Cheer night for men with shopping help for the fellas, plus beer and a 20 percent discount. Clothes Hound is at 8111 Creedmoor Road, Ste. 149, Raleigh, 919-747-9000, shopclotheshound.com.
Spread the warmth
Help others and score savings this winter during Burlington Coat Factorys Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Coat Drive. Through Jan. 21, shoppers who donate a gently used coat at the store will receive 10 percent off their entire purchase. Burlington Coat Factory has locations in Raleigh on Capital Boulevard and Buck Jones Road, and in Durham on Roxboro Road. Visit burlingtoncoatfactory.com for more details.
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