PETERSBURG – The buyer of the new, sustainable-style bazaar amid about on the VSU campus took a folio out of Oprah’s book.
Sharon Scott addled her aboriginal name and alleged her dream appear accurate Norah’s Boutique.
“It’s aloof like Oprah; she has Harpo,” aggregate Scott. “I accept dreamt of accepting my own bazaar aback I was a teenager.”
The Portsmouth built-in splits her time amid Washington, DC and Petersburg.
“My ancestors is advance out from Tidewater to Petersburg,” said Scott.
Originally, Scott planned to accessible her bazaar in April of 2020, but the communicable acquired a delay.
“We opened on November 14 aftermost year,” said Scott. “However, we are planning on accomplishing a admirable aperture ancient in April.”
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COVID afflicted added than Scott’s aperture day.
“I accept been an accident artist for abounding years,” said Scott. “COVID canceled all of the events.”
Scott is a “people person” and hopes to get aback to accomplishing events.
“This abundance had been in the plan for several years and in the works for about six months afore COVID came along,” said Scott.
Scott has been a fashionista aback age eight or nine.
“When I accustomed my aboriginal brace of red Mary Jane’s, you could not acquaint me that I was not a aerodrome model,” aggregate Scott. “I acclimated to accomplish my own cardboard dolls and dress them up with apparel that I saw on TV or in magazines. I’ve consistently been artistic in accepted and alive with my claimed style. It aloof comes naturally.”
Norah’s Bazaar is a amalgam abundance affairs ladies new, about new, and best accouterment [sizes 2 to 24], shoes, and accessories. Jeans, tops, and jackets accept been the best sellers at Norah’s Bazaar so far.
Sustainable style…as different as you.
“A arrangement to our abundance will appoint your sight, scent, and complete as you ascertain street, work, and playwear that are as different as you,” said Scott. “At Norah’s Boutique, we adore abundant music, admirable beheld merchandising, and beginning fragrance. Our chump account and anniversary customer’s acquaintance are actual important to us. We additionally action administration by appointment.”
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What sets Norah’s Bazaar afar from others.
“We abbey the best of the best items…statement pieces and basics forth with on-trend new items in the best affordable way possible,” said Scott. “I buy in aggregate which keeps my amount low. We accept a $10 denim jeans arbor and a $5 top rack. Best of the items are beneath than $40.”
Whether VSU acceptance and faculty walk or drive to Norah’s Boutique, they can beam their IDs to accept 10% off their absolute purchase.
Scott advocates for acceptable lifestyles with beneath abuse and added conservation.
“The accouterment industry is the added bigger communicable industry abutting to oil and gas. Factory workers who are authoritative our clothes are actuality mistreated; we are application too abounding chemicals to accomplish the clothes; and, ultimately already we bandy abroad these ‘disposable’ garments, they are sitting in landfills for 20 years or more,” said Scott. “The apple cannot bear this aggression of abuse that we are continuously subjecting it to. We charge to buy bigger quality, seasonless clothing, abrasion them longer, and ablution them less. Otherwise, our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will not accept a advantageous planet to alive on.
“Thrifting, consigning, and/or upcycling are added acceptable means to bazaar and recycle clothing,” added Scott. “This keeps accouterment out of landfills. It additionally fosters adroitness and encourages us to acquisition and accurate our own alone style.”
Business owners usually frown aloft bodies aloof blind out, but Scott encourages the association to arrangement her bazaar to sit down, relax, and adore a cup of coffee, cocoa, or tea.
“We adulation the abstraction of community. We appetite to be a abode area bodies are adequate aloof endlessly by,” said Scott. “People are added and added isolated. Sometimes, aloof a cup of tea and a few words of advance can accomplish someone’s day.”
Scott affairs to action upcycling classes in the approaching area acceptance will accommodate and accommodate items.
“Our classes will accommodate an befalling for us to allotment our sustainability aesthetics and advance a association relationship,” said Scott. “Hopefully, aback the apple gets aback to whatever is the new normal…we can do that.”
Everyone has what it takes to be one of Norah’s Bombshells.
“We alarm our barter Bombshells because every woman is one in her own way,” said Scott. “We are anniversary abnormally able and talented.”
Each month, Norah’s Bazaar appearance a arbor of about 20 to 25 pieces curated by addition whose appearance they admire.
“The blow of us can bazaar from that Bombshell’s looks,” said Scott. “And, we can chase them on amusing media.”
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At this time, Norah’s Bazaar does not accomplish on consignment.
“We buy our account at auctions and in accord with a affairs group,” said Scott. “However, we don’t aphorism arrangement out for the future.”
If Bombshells are in the bazaar for commodity specific, Scott will be blessed to advance for the item/s during her account sprees.
Are you an online shopper?
“You may additionally bazaar our DePop and Poshmark Stores 24/7 @norahsboutique on both platforms,” said Scott. “We additionally consistently action ‘Live’ sales on Instagram. Chase us @norahsboutique1.”
Scott shares adorning thoughts with added women and minorities who may accept their own dreams to accessible a business.
“Start today; ascertain what you are amorous about. Take baby steps. Start with a eyes board, accomplish a plan and begin,” said Scott. “When I accept added money, added time, bigger equipment, etc. never seems to come.
“Start with one baby assignment at a time and go for it,” aggregate Scott.
On-street parking is accessible for Bombshells as able-bodied as added parking abaft Norah’s Bazaar amid at 21403 Chesterfield Avene in Petersburg. The bazaar hours are Thursday through Sat. 12 – 7 p.m., Sun. 12 – 5 p.m., and by appointment.
“We would adulation for you to appear in and acquisition commodity that you adulation and feel aces wearing,” arrive Scott.
For added information, arrangement norahsboutique.com, address [email protected], or arena 202-486-9106.
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