So after more than thirty years in television news and writing countless stories about businesses, an opportunity came up to be a part of a consortium in Westbrook, Connecticut at Venetucci Home and I leaped at it. Tony Venetucci is a wonderful guy and he has put together so far anyway about 20 little boutiques. I am calling my little retail corner of the world “Annie Mame.” I love the name so much I have trademarked it, yes it’s registered with the government. The name comes from one of my favorite movies, “Auntie Mame.” The film came out in 1958 and starred Waterbury’s Rosalind Russell. The sets in that movie are amazing.
So what’s in my boutique, well a ton of yesteryear, new and old, very Auntie Mame. You will find things from the 1920’s all the way up to mid-century. The red bar you see I found on Ebay and it got trucked over much of the right half of the U.S. before it got to me, and it’s terrific. I hope that we can all gather round it ato have wonderful conversations there.
The boutique is shared with my hair dresser friend Francine Piscitelli, we are not partners in this, she’s doing her thing and I am doing mine. Together our space looks like an old fashioned department store, oh how I miss those. Remember with the soda fountains and the mezzanines? Any way, we compliment each other very well. Her place is Allusions Salon and Boutique. Francine has been in the beauty business for more than 25 years, so she really knows what she is doing. Her Allusions Salon is in Branford, CT, The two of us met nearly ten years ago. Francine is a great story in herself in that she and her parents and brothers came to this country from Italy. They didn’t speak the language but made their way successfully in a new land. That was very hard to do and I am in awe of what she has been able to do. As a 9 year old fresh to a new country she didn’t speak the language, I have so much respect for her.
The grand opening is April 1st, which is also of course April Fool’s Day, I guess we’ll always remember that. So I’m giving it a go, keeping my night job as a newscaster at News 8, because after all, story telling is my passion. I am also continuing to develop my web site called Network Connecticut which I also love. Yes, I would be “type A” but I’m having a ball creating new things.
Thanks for all the encouragement you have given me throughout the state and to my three daughters, Lindsay, Sarah and Katie, our Lab, Savannah and my husband, Mark thanks for letting me once again spread my wings and use one of the rooms in our house as a giant warehouse for Annie Mame.