Fashion treasures at Angie's Closet
Angie's Closet is bursting with hidden treasure.
Victoria Storm has netted a catch every time she's walked through the door, from a hand-painted T-shirt to a red leather Zac Posen jacket.
"I always find something I can't live without," said the Superior woman.
MaryAnn Katzmark of Superior has received compliments each time she dons the gray wool cape she found at Angie's.
"I love the prices and the quality of the merchandise," she said.
And they're spreading the news.
"I personally have called six friends, I'm that excited about the shop," Katzmark said.
The former Take 2 Consignments storefront at 1202 Belknap St. has a new owner, name and look. Angie Colborn opened Angie's Closet on Sept. 5, after a weekend of redecorating.
"I love everything she's done with the store," said Storm, who's been a regular customer for years.
The space is light and bright, with twinkling chandeliers and a fresh coat of paint. The dressing rooms have been moved to the center of the store and the counter is up front.
Accessories are grouped together, to make that must-have pair of shoes or scarf easier to find. Athletic wear has been added to the mix, along with a pair of upholstered chairs for customers to rest in and a sparkly prom room in the back.
"When I walked into the shop it was eye-pleasing immediately," Katzmark said. "And Angie was very, very personable."
For Colborn, the shop is the perfect fit.
"I wanted to do something that I have passion in," she said. "And I have a passion for fashion and clothes, and meeting with people."
Take 2 Consignments has been her favorite store for the last decade. She's been both customer and consignor for years.
After 13 years working for the Superior School District, Colborn lost her job in May. She realized she didn't want to sit behind a desk anymore, and approached Take 2 owner Diane McGinnis about possibly buying the store.
They met a number of times, Colborn said, because McGinnis wanted to make sure she was leaving the shop to the right person.
"I've always been sort of a thrift, consignment shopper," Colborn said. "I don't like to pay full price."
Now, she's bringing fashion to others in a big way. The shop carries name brand women's clothing and accessories, size XS to 3XL.
"Especially if you're on the tiny side, boy does she have a good selection," Storm said.
There are fashion finds for all ages, said Katzmark. She's encouraged her 18-year-old granddaughter to stop by, and is thinking of doing some Christmas shopping at Angie's.
Colborn said it was a challenge to open a business, but she has no regrets.
"I'm in my element," the Superior woman said.
Her favorite moments are when customers find that perfect item. Recently, a customer exited the dressing room jumping and squealing in excitement.
"That just makes me smile," Colborn said.
There is another challenge looming on the horizon. The street and sidewalk in front of Angie's Closet will be torn up and rebuilt next summer during the second phase of the Belknap Street reconstruction project.
"Right now I'm getting so many people coming in who love the store," Colborn said. "I'm hoping they love it enough to keep coming."
She can count on Katzmark.
"I figure I'll park and walk if I have to," she said.
Storm plans to continue to walk past the shop and search for treasure.
"I love to support local, women-owned businesses," she said. "And the people from the community consign there so you're really supporting your community."
Angie's Closet is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Every month, Colborn hosts a Ladies Night at the store, with a $1 rack, snacks and in-store specials. The next event takes place from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 2.
Anyone interested in becoming a consignor can call (715) 394-7002 for an appointment. Visit angiesclosetresale.com, the Angie's Closet Facebook page or Angie's Closet Resale on Instagram for more information.