Retail Therapy: Tower District boutiques focus on shabby chic home decor

The Fresno BeeJanuary 25, 2014 

Two boutiques on Fulton Street in the Tower District are creating a mini cluster of vintage and shabby chic home stores.

New to the area is Evolve! Vintage, the bright orange store that opened in October and carries furniture and home decor from the 1950s through the 1970s.

The store is packed with orange living room chairs, lucite coffee tables and 1960s lamps.

Maybe it's the "Mad Men" TV show, but whatever the reason, the mid-century modern glass and chrome accessories, and Danish modern furniture with its teak and walnut wood are catching on.

Retro clocks and metal wall art round out the store.

Owner Stacey Simmons often posts photos of the pieces, which she gets at flea markets, estate sales and thrift shops, online at www.facebook.com/EvolveVintage. Simmons ran a couple of antique booths in Palm Springs before moving to Fresno recently to be with her partner.

The store is at 900 N. Fulton St., near the canal.

Her shoppers also often hit up the This-N-That Boutique next door. The store first opened last January at 842 N. Fulton St. Owner Kirk and Kelly Gallenkamp then opened another location on Olive Avenue, but closed it a few months later.

Now they've sold the original store to Krissy Davis, who bought it at 9 p.m. on a Sunday night and reopened it the following Tuesday, about three weeks ago. She's recast it in a shabby chic style with repurposed furniture.

Dishes, wall art, purses, picture frames, signs and old wooden fruit crates populate the store.

Davis still carries the vintage and upcycled furniture her predecessor sold. The dressers repainted in blue and other furniture are from "JunkMan Joe," Joe Russell of Clovis. "People throw a lot of stuff out that just needs a little love," she said.

Davis' father, Bob, a former shop teacher, added a few handmade wooden trunks and a table to the mix. And Davis herself has been decorating and selling wooden blocks featuring words such as "Hope" and "Faith" and others for birthdays and holidays. A collection of brightly painted blocks with scrapbook paper and ribbons spells out "Birthday," for example.

Davis used to manage the McKenzie Rose shop at Champlain Drive and Perrin Avenue before it closed.

You can see examples of what she sells at This-N-That Boutique at www.facebook.com/thisnthatfresno.

 

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