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Boutique Bliss

While working in the fast-paced world of fashion PR in New York City, Amanda Barton always imagined she’d one day own a boutique. The sky-high rental prices in the Big Apple, however, kept her grounded in reality. But once the Agnes Irwin grad returned to the Philadelphia area with her husband, the boutique idea became a reality. “Main Line women are so fashionable,” says Barton. “I wanted them as my customers.”

A former warehouse next door to Bryn Mawr’s Medley Music is now home to Barton’s State of Grace. Open since September, the space feels about as comfortable as home, with soothing yellow walls, crystal chandeliers and hardwood floors. Barton does all her buying in New York, and she offers clothes and accessories at every price point, from $30 T-shirts to $400 dresses.

This season, tunic tops, trapeze dresses and crop jackets are in vogue at State of Grace. Rachel Pally knit dresses are perfect chic office wear, and for weekend fun, there’s elegant cocktail dresses from Max & Cleo (a division of BCBG). And since no wardrobe is complete without
several pairs of great-fitting jeans, Barton offers an array of the latest styles from Habitual, Rich & Skinny and Henry III Generation. Expect personalized service from a staff that will help you find the perfect fit for your body type.

“I wanted the boutique to be relaxing and fun—not intimidating,” says Barton. “The best part of my job so far is meeting my new customers.”

1029 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; stateofgraceboutique.com, (610) 525-0100.

 

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