ST. PETER’S: Partners in life and business, Kate Fotheringham and Jim Chadwick recently celebrated the grand opening of Back on the Rack Consignment Boutique.
The shop, located upstairs at 9941 Grenville Street in St. Peter’s, takes clothing and shoes on a consignment basis, and will also serve as a storefront for items from Chadwick’s business Metal Petals Garden Art. His work is also on display in the form of a metal mannequin and clothing racks.
The couple are also new parents, having welcomed daughter Rhea in early July. With the new addition to the family, Fotheringham was reluctant to return to working 12-hour shifts as a Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) at the Richmond Villa so it seemed the time was right to pursue her long-held dream of owning a clothing store, “as a way to work and be in her life more.”
Chadwick too had contemplated opening a store for the metal artwork he makes and sells on-line but the logistics of bringing it to fruition made it seemingly impossible. With clothing providing the backdrop of the business, Chadwick now has the freedom to put his work on display without losing the freedom to let his creativity lead the way.
The new business owners say they have been overwhelmed by the support and kindness from the community.
“It’s why I live here,” said Chadwick, formerly of Windsor, who has been working from his home in Oban for several years.
On their first day of business, they were selling consignment items from 76 different clients and were given a number of items including hangers and mirrors to help set up the boutique. Friends also helped put up shelves and assisted in programming the cash register.
“If you need it, they’ll bring it,” said Chadwick of the community’s help. “It’s amazing”
They also received congratulatory cards and flowers from friends and other members of the local business community.
The consignment agreement pays 40 per cent of the sale to the consignor. If the item doesn’t sell in 10 weeks, it may be moved to a sales rack or to a bin where a portion of the proceeds will be directed to local charities on a rotating basis.
In light of the support from new friends and old, Fotheringham, who moved to Oban from the Halifax area a year-and-a-half ago, has found another way to give back.
The cozy boutique also has a dedicated space for artisans to display their work. The artists pay a monthly $50 rental fee and receive all the proceeds from their sales.
“I really wanted that. I really wanted to do that because the community has been so great to us,” said Fotheringham, noting they know too well how costly and time-consuming it can be for artisans to travel to craft markets to sell their wares.
Back on the Rack Consignment Boutique, which has a Facebook page of the same name, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays.
For more information on Metal Petals Garden Art – which includes both outdoor and indoor decor, including custom items – visit: www.facebook.com/metalpetals.