Shabby Chic's New Owner
Stephanie Merkel makes a leap
by Shelley Daily
From the July, 2014 issue
In April, lifelong Chelsea resident Stephanie Merkel became the new owner of Shabby Chic Consignments, an upscale women's resale shop in Oak Tree Plaza. Former owner Kris Vermilye--who built a following of more than 600 consignors since opening the shop three years ago--says she went back to work when her previous employer offered a promotion that was "too good to pass up." After taking the job, she adds, "My first phone call was to Jamie and Stephanie at the Resale Boutique [in Saline] to see if they wanted this as a second location." Jamie Westcott was a mentor for Vermilye when she started Shabby Chic. Merkel had worked for Westcott for four years. "I was comfortable there, but sometimes you have to take a leap," Merkel says.
She says the biggest sellers are handbags and jewelry--"because they always fit!" And she's carrying some "awesome shoes."
Shabby Chic Consignments, 12855 E. Old US-12 (Oak Tree Plaza), 433-9730. Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sun. and Mon., shabbychicconsignments.com.
[Originally published in July, 2014.]
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