As the saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens. That is just what happened to Dixie Carroll and Bill Jette of J Marcel, quite literally.
When Grasmere closed its doors in Barrington to move to Bristol, Dixie and Bill saw the opportunity to expand and open a second location in this old gas station with tons of character.
J Marcel launched its flagship store on Hope Street in Providence in 2008, and later opened a sister store in Warren called Blue Suede, which ultimately closed.
After Blue Suede, Dixie and Bill were in search of another location with just as much character as that renovated mill building. “We virtually gave up after a couple of years,” says Bill. “[Finding the new location] was kind of miraculous.”
The Barrington shop has a “Texifornia” aesthetic, as Bill calls it, after their love for Texas and California which is why you’ll see a surfboard and cow skull when you come in.
I personally love what the shop has to offer. There’s tons of scarves for every season and an array of clothing from “casual to business casual.” Dixie says they want J Marcel to be an everyday kind of store, where the products customers buy are worn over and over again.
Aside from clothing, there are accessories ranging from leather and vegan handbags to costume, gold plated and silver jewelry. J Marcel also carries housewares and gift items, like lanterns made of recycled oil drums.
“We [also] really care about how people are treated when they come to the store, we greet everyone that comes in with a genuine smile and [are] happy that they’re there,” says Dixie.
40 Maple Avenue, Barrington