Two sisters are opening a women's boutique in Grandview Heights, and their mix of bohemian-chic clothing, trendy accessories and price points is going to excite shoppers. Next Thursday, Thread on Grandview will open at 1306 Grandview Ave. (directly across from Spagio). Siblings Miranda Boyle, 38, and Sara Guice, 37- who have eight children between them - have put together a collection that busy women will appreciate. They want to offer designer clothing that shoppers can't find elsewhere. And they also want their pieces to be wearer-friendly for moms on the go who want to look good but need practicality, too. (My description of the shop: a more mature version of Anthropologie. Love it!)
Here are five things to know about Thread:
1. It has a European influence. Guice, who is leaving a job in corporate finance to embark on this adventure, lived in France for six years. She's drawn to Euro styles that are classic with a trendy edge and often in neutral colors. The shop's lines include, among others, Maison Scotch and Deca.
2. It boasts "accessible fashion." The shop's feel is warm, almost soft. The clothing is "on trend but not over trendy," Boyle said. It's comfortable and age-appropriate for moms. (The denim, for example, is higher-end - but the boutique doesn't carry any super-low-waisted styles.) And though most prices are boutique-like ($100 or so for sweaters, a couple of hundred for dresses), you'll find jewelry for $25 and tops for $28.
3. They'll tell you what works on you. Boyle, who studied fashion and has managed stores such as Easton's Banana Republic and Upper Arlington's Leal, prides herself on knowing what will make a woman's body look best. "You can't let people looking all crazy walk out of your place!" she said, laughing.
4. The store is a family affair. Other family members have also pitched in to get the store up and running, including the sisters' father, a contractor, who helped score the rustic reclaimed wood in the interior.
5. The place has a homey vibe. Thread is open 11a.m. to 6p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. But if you are in the area before the official opening date, knock on their door to see whether they're around. "We want it to feel like you're coming to your friend's place," Guice said.