By Tia Crabtree
The way we dress is always changing, and it is an important part of self-expression. It’s an ongoing conversation in our house with a teen and a curvy forty-something figure myself. We ask ourselves, what’s hot, what’s not, and what is versatile, comfortable, yet fashionable and not dated? My latest dilemma was wearing an unflattering jumper to an Eagle social gathering – the photos about killed me. Jumpers are in, they just don’t look great on me. Fashion provides us with a form of self-expression and individual identity, and I felt a little unconfident after that. Note to self, pay more attention to your wardrobe and what is most flattering.
In this issue of EM, we feature the styles and trends of Urban Casuals and The Side Door. Two local boutiques in the heart of Eagle.
Aimee Ricci, the owner of Urban Casuals, opened up in June 2016. The Eagle boutique offers on-trend women’s apparel that’s casual as well as affordable. Customers appreciate that they can get an entire outfit without breaking the bank. Ladies that shop there like the features of the ¾ sleeves on tops, comfy stretch bottoms, and travel-friendly fabrics. Top-selling brands include Tribal, TrueSlim, Et’Lois, and more. In addition, they carry men’s apparel and gifts in their other shop, Donnie Ricardo, which is located right next store.
The boutique is located on Aikens Road, just one block off Old State Street. The area is coined ‘Bridge Walk Village’ for the bridge pathway that connects to the Plaza Shopping Center behind Rice Thai Cuisine. The pedestrian walking path will soon be bustling due to the new mixed-used development going in – a reason why some tenants, like Wishing Wells Botanicals, recently moved to Bridge Walk Village.
The Side Door at Reclaimed has been open for just over a year. Their sister store Reclaimed Interiors has been open since July 2016. Vicki, the store owner, had the opportunity to expand to the space next door and thought adding a boutique clothing consignment shop would be the perfect fit for their high-end Eagle home consignment shop. Vicki felt that there was a need for more clothing consignment options in the Eagle area.
The Side Door carries high-end brands such as Coach, Kate Spade, Free People, Brighton, & Kenneth Lane to name a few. The boutique’s concept is to dress you to the 9s without stretching your wallet. They are very selective, carrying only very gently used, often brand new designer clothing at prices well below original retail. You don’t have to head to the mall or The Village anymore to find beautiful brand-name clothing, handbags, and shoes. They’d like to note that they also carry vintage furs!
The boutique is located in the rapidly growing area of Eagle Lakes, over by JoVinos. Ten years ago, the area would have been considered the outskirts of Eagle. Now there are restaurant options, services, housing, and access to the Greenbelt. They’re right in the center of it all.
The Side Door 1045 S Ancona, Eagle