Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Shop Tour: Quince

*This is NOT a sponsored post. I am just a big fan of this store!*

There's a chain furniture store that is closing its doors in Charlottesville. The store windows are wallpapered with signs about the deep discounts being offered, but the Rant & Rave section of Craigslist reveals that two other locations served by the warehouse that stocks the Charlottesville store are still in business, so the sale isn't such a great deal. The prices being discussed seemed quite high for the quality of the store. So I posted about my great sofa deal and about how I got that deal at a wonderful boutique downtown called Quince. I figured I'd post some more information and some eye candy on my blog.

I wish people looked at small businesses for deals and didn't assume that the best prices are found on the highway. My Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams sofa from Quince, which should be here within the next week or two, was on sale for hundreds less than the usual retail price
(Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams make sofas for Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, and others). What's more, the experience of buying is so pleasant at a boutique like Quince, where owner Sharon Manering is happy to chat when you need information or advice and happy to leave you alone to ponder the options as well.

The store opens at 8 AM on Saturdays. How great is that for those of us who like to shop at the farmer's market on Saturday mornings or have a lot to do on the weekend.

There are so many great vignettes around the store. These little bud vases are so cute...and cheap! How cool would they look lined up on a shelf or clustered in a circle on a table with a deconstructed bouquet? And the cacti on the desk below? Those are candles!


I love looking at the pillows at Quince. I'm mad that the picture I took of an orange, Dransfield & Ross pillow with black bead trim and a beautiful frog on it didn't come out (you can see similar pillows here). You'll have to go in and see it in person.

There's a set of pillows there that are just begging for a home. When my sofa comes in, I might go see if these are still there. They were originally $150 each and now they are just $50 each! They're so sweet and the texture would be so welcome on a simple sofa.


More pictures from inside Quince:


Quince moved into a huge space on Garrett Street a few years ago. I remember thinking how great it was that the store had so many more windows than it had in its old warehouse location across the street.

But I think business would be better if the Gleason condos weren't being built behind and next to the space.

On the bright side, when those condos are finished, there will be much more foot traffic for the businesses on the south side of the mall. For now, the small businesses are getting by.

P.S. I found Quince when I was desperately searching for a gift for my boyfriend's mother. I found the best gift for a hostess who has everything there: gorgeous, Dransfield & Ross napkin rings that look like little pieces of jewelry. They are delightful and they always seem to be on sale for less than they are sold for online!
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4 comments:

  1. I think I'm going to have to have you come up with a list of all the must-see shops and boutiques for my frequent weekend trips to C'ville see my family! Definitely want to stop in here!

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  2. I didn't even know that store was there and I work out at the ACAC that's basically around the corner. Love the bowls on the coffee table.

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  3. Love the pillows on the sofa. I love small boutiques!

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