One of Sayville’s newest shops not only carries some of the most unique clothing and accessory inventories found on the south shore, but it’s also fast becoming known as the place to have a fun night out, learn about fashion and even pick up a new skill—such as belly dancing.
Paper Doll Vintage Boutique, which opened in late May, is having a grand re-opening event celebrating six months in business on Sunday, November 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and it’s not the typical retail celebration shoppers are offered.
The boutique, along with Elizabeth Rose Cosmetics, is holding an evening of ‘retro-glamour’ complete with a runway show of styles from the 1920s to 1990s, a special belly dancing performance, sales of 10 percent to 25 percent off, raffles and refreshments.
There’s even a prize for the shopper who comes dressed in the best vintage outfit.
Such events have been taking place at Paper Doll since Dominique Maciejka opened the doors. Earlier this month the store featured a lesson on burlesque dancing.Let Patch save you time. Get great local business stories just like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone everyday with our free newsletter. Fast signup here.
The 28-year-old shop owner, who attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is a big proponent of enjoying fashion and helping shoppers learn about vintage clothing. She’s spent a great deal of time developing and devising such shopper interaction since her teenage years when she first realized owning a vintage clothing store was something she truly wanted to do.
“I was buying clothes and things as teen from estate sales and antique stores and just storing them well for when I had my own store,” she explained. She first got into the business working consignment in the late 1990s using eBay and other online sales venues.
“I love looking for clothing and one-of-a-kind beautiful things from generations ago and worked in a boutique in Chicago while attending school,” she added.
The opportunity to open her first shop was exciting and she’s already built a steady fan base and drawn some notable fans, including fashion designer Michael Kors who stopped in to shop this past summer.
In choosing a store location Maciejka said she checked out several downtown business communities, including Port Jefferson and Babylon, but fell in love with Sayville.
“It’s such a great downtown to walk around and there is such a friendly sense of community,” she said. “It’s just perfect. It’s been a dream come true.”