The store that
Max & Ollie's Vintage Boutique
has inhabited over the last six years could be described as quaint or cramped, depending on perspective. But what's clear is that Max & Ollie's new store and its mix of furniture, clothing, tchotchkes is nothing but spacious.
Owner Diane Kubik, who sees herself and her store as part of a revival brought on by an eclectic mix of businesses and creative entrepreneurs, moved her boutique from a mere 300-square-foot space on the edge of downtown to a 1,350 square foot store in a central part of downtown, known as a gathering spot for concerts and public events.
"We are loving the new place. The expansion turned out to be fabulous for us. There is a lot more foot traffic, not to mention we can offer more treasures and host events. Life in the bigger shop is great," says Kubik, who scouts metro Detroit for standout merchandise. She lives and works in downtown and has built a base of vintage afficianados who buy from her online through her website or Etsy as well as at the store.
The move to 65 Macomb Place is being celebrated with a grand opening today and the expansion is leading to the hiring of employees and a partnership with Detroit Fashion Vault, which will stock its accesories at the store from its own space at 56 Macomb Place.
According to the Mount Clements Downtown Development Authority, "Max & Ollie’s Vintage Boutique has built a following of regular, loyal customers who rave about the store. Here you will often find a collector of fine antiques perusing fine china and glass next to a young hipster searching for unusual vintage scarves and jewelry. There’s something for everyone in this fun shop, and it’s always a treasure hunt."
Source: Diane Kubik, owner, Max & Ollie's Vintage Boutique and Michelle Weiss, Mount Clemens DDA
Writer: Kim North Shine