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Clothing consignment store opens in East Liverpool

January 2, 2011
By MICHAEL D. McELWAIN (mmcelwain@reviewonline.com)

EAST LIVERPOOL - Because of some strong friendships, the support of family and a desire to help the community, Sandi Gonzalez is now an entrepreneur.

Gonzalez owns and runs La Vien' Rose Boutique inside the Mezzanine Town Mall located downtown at 129 East Fifth St.

"I was at the salon here at Mezzanine Town Mall and learned there was an available space," Gonzalez said. "This is a new venture for me, and I thought this type of store would be perfect."

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La Vien’ Rose Boutique, a consignment shop owned by Sandi Gonzalez, opened recently in the Mezzanine Town Mall in downtown East Liverpool. (Photo by Michael D. McElwain)

Men and women can bring in gently used clothing, and Gonzalez will sell it and offer a percent of the sales back to the original owner. It's a consignment business for high-quality clothing items.

"Women, no matter what their status, want to look good and that's where the idea of a consignment store came in," Gonzalez said. "We offer new and label consignments."

For just about every taste and category, Gonzalez said she can offer affordable clothing that still has a certain style and elegance.

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La Vien' Rose Boutique is located inside the Mezzanine Town Mall at 129 East Fifth St. in East Liverpool. The store is open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday - Friday and from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday. The store is closed on Sunday and Monday.

"All of this has been a dream in the making," Gonzalez said while standing alongside a wedding dress up for sale. "I owe everything to Dave and Shirley Marshall, owners of the Mezzanine Town Mall. They've been really helpful, and I chose this location because of them."

Gonzalez said a whole host of friends and her family have been supportive as well.

Gonzalez hails from the Cleveland area and has been visiting the East Liverpool area for several years. About three years ago, she realized the community had a lot to offer her including a chance to open the business.

"In a way, this business is also a tribute to my mom because a lot of her clothes, my daughter's clothes and my clothes contributed to the inventory," Gonzalez said.

As for the inventory, Gonzalez describes it as a "variation of trendy, classic and casual for men and women."

Gonzalez said she's open to new clients that may want to sell gently used clothing items.

"I've had the most positive response from the community and met the most kind and encouraging people from all walks of life," Gonzalez said about her young business venture.

Perhaps that's because Gonzalez seems optimistic and content. That shows through with the store's name.

Gonzalez said that La Vien' Rose roughly translates from French to meaning looking at the world through rose-colored glasses. "That's how I like to live my life," she said. "I try to see the beauty in everyone."

La Vien' Rose Boutique is located inside the Mezzanine Town Mall at 129 East Fifth St. in East Liverpool. The store is open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday - Friday and from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday. The store is closed on Sunday and Monday.

 
 

 

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