With entrepreneurship being a family trait, it’s no wonder Diane Jennings had the gusto to venture into the world of retail after four years of being a stay at home mom. What makes her business venture, known as Luca Boutique, a special find, is that it’s an open, airy, well-curated and family friendly place to find gently-loved merchandise for both moms and kids alike. We chatted with Diane to find out what’s new and happening at Luca Boutique and learn a few saving tips for sending your kids back to school this fall.
Tell us about what kinds of clothing lines we can expect to find at the store.
What are the benefits of checking out consignment offerings at Luca versus buying new?
We believe, as evidenced by our client base, that we offer individuality with a diverse array of options. One of the great things about consignment is that it helps to minimize the environmental impact, and we take that into account with every client interaction. From our paperless transactions to our sustainable/renewable paper bags, we aim to teach the next generation that the choices we make today can make a difference in the future.
In addition, Luca is unique because the ease of shopping with little ones in tow has been one of our focuses here. We have a dedicated play space with a safety gate, open floor plan, changing room and row upon row of organized trendy apparel.
Our most sought after brands range from trendy selections – like Mini Boden, Tea Collection, Ugg, Under Armour and The North Face – to brands that stand the test of time such as Hanna Andersson, Bogs and L.L. Bean.
What kind of supplies can parents find for kids looking to get into extracurricular activities this year?
Smart shoppers know how expensive extracurricular activities can be, so choosing Luca for things like dance wear (such as leotards, ballet and tap shoes) or those much needed cleats in the next size up can provide huge savings at a fraction of the cost.
Tell me a little bit about the Maternity styles you also offer.
Our maternity selections include comfortable wrap dresses, leggings, tunics as well as winter outerwear. As the holiday season quickly approaches we also have items like that hard-to-find cocktail dress to show off that beautiful baby bump.
Tell me about the new range of accessories customers can now find at Luca.
We partner with some of Mom’s favorite brands including Piggy Paint (non-toxic nail polish), Knot Genie detangling hair brushes as well as stocking hard-to-find bow ties and suspenders for the little guys. Little girls love to choose from our wide array of colorful hair bows, headbands and clips. We also have something for teething babies as well with our Momma Goose Amber Teething Beads.
What do you recommend for those looking for the perfect baby shower gift?
We are loving the upward trend of green baby showers where parents let their families and friends know they prefer second hand items for baby rather buying new, so a Luca Gift Card in any denomination is a great way to welcome a new baby.
193 Water Street, Warren