Clothing designer returns to her Lebanon County roots with Annville boutique

Paige Sullivan lately opened a third site for her boutique — Christine Shirley. Christine Shirley’s Annville site, 113 E. Most important St., held its grand opening Sept. 23.

“I’m from Lebanon, and close friends have been urging me to open up some thing close to property. I have experienced my eye on Annville for a although — it is a school city and it’s a good site for a boutique. I just necessary to uncover the correct place,” she mentioned.

The area turned out to be the first ground or the little yellow home throughout from the Allen Theatre & Backstage Café.  “I’m happy of this place. It is a 400 square-foot shoe box, but it has a excellent vibe like my other spots,” she said.

Sullivan has been stitching her overall everyday living — originally generating scrunchies to market at garden product sales. “I’ve normally had a enthusiasm to sew. All over in this article much more persons sew, but in most spots stitching is kind of a dropped art,” she defined, “In large school I liked property ec. I was into vogue illustrating and building clothes.”

Her senior task at Lebanon Superior School was a tennis line she envisioned Serena Williams carrying. That task became Sullivan’s portfolio, which acquired her admission to Syracuse University’s trend style program. She also analyzed retail administration. “I’m putting all that knowledge to use correct now with my personal business,” Sullivan stated.

A faculty internship at Anthropologie, a women’s clothing and way of life manufacturer, in New York Metropolis, was a stepping stone to her initial career out of university operating as a visible manager and then as an apparel manager in Anthropologie’s Wayne and Philadelphia areas.

She introduced Christine Shirley Stitching & Models in Wayne in 2015. The business’ title is a mixture of Sullivan’s middle title — Christine — and the simple fact that she grew up on Shirley Travel. To begin with it was a sewing studio that offered courses for individuals of all ages to study to sew, stitch, embroider, knit or crochet. Three a long time afterwards Sullivan expanded, opening a retail keep, Christine Shirley, that includes her have handmade outfits and attire proper future to the studio. A 2nd site opened in 2020 in Stone Harbor, New Jersey it’s open up only through seashore season.

“We have a very inventive atmosphere,” Sullivan claimed, “We’re actually into hospitality, and the décor of the retail outlet improvements month to month. It’s a procuring working experience that focuses on shopper services, and there’s a wonderful ambience for all the senses. Purchases are wrapped up like a gift deal.”

“We also teach sewing lessons and even vogue style (in the Wayne area). We consider anybody who wants to learn. The instructing studio is incredibly vibrant. It’s a bit like ‘Project Runway,’” she included.

Sullivan mentioned she experienced been seeking for a 3rd spot to provide as retail area for overstock items, and the Annville spot matches the invoice. “We however have the very same aim on hospitality which includes a superb aroma in the store and attentive personnel. The garments and attire is well designed, it’s just overstock,” she pressured.

As an alternative of modifying retailer décor month to month, it will modify seasonally, or every single quarter, in Annville. “Right now it’s fall. Our Christmas/getaway glimpse will be fantastic,” she said, “I believe it will be one thing the region has not had just before.”

She’s hoping to supply classes and workshops in the long term.

Christine Shirley’s Annville hrs are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. More information is obtainable at

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