About a month ago, after a coffee and nibble at Cedar Ridge Cafe, my wife & I wandered over to West Village Clothing Company at nearby 410 Ridgewood Av. in Maplewood. She purchased some cool boots and I said hello to Stephen Hayden who was presiding there. I knew him from our Academy Heights neighborhood. Here’s a brief conversation with his wife, the owner, Sarah Hayden about the shop and…
Also, they’re having a crazy Bag Sale event this Saturday!
1 when did West Village Clothing Co open? August of 2016
2 did you run a clothes shop before that? I have a background in urban planning. When my girls were born, I stayed home. When they started preschool, I worked part time at a local kids consignment store. I truly enjoyed working there & thought it would be great to do on my own. I decided to jump in & bought this business. I fell in love with the homey Ridgewood Row strip of stores. I love talking to the local cast of characters, my regulars and meeting new customers too! An added plus is that I can walk to work from home & my littlest kid is right around the corner at South Mountain Elementary. Win-win!
3 if you could choose any person in the world to walk into your shop and buy something who would it be & what would they buy? Ina Garten (squee!). I could see her buying a wrap or a pashmina.
4 would you ask them for a quick selfie or photo? Selfie of course
5 if you didn’t run a clothes shop what would you do? I’d own a candy store (a la Dylan’s Candy Bar) where I would also resurrect my calligraphy business.
6 if you could own one item of clothing that you don’t currently own, what would it be?Hmmm…. I’m happy with what I have!
7 who’s your favorite band/singer?
8 if you could choose any 3 people in the world for a dinner party, who would they be? Morrissey, Paul Rudd and Ina Garten. I think that would be interesting! My husband, Steve, would be there as well 🙂
9 what’s your favorite place in the whole world?
Quebec City during the Winter Carnival!