Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — When Elizabeth Copella took over the Flower Barn in 1998 after her mother passed away, the business offered fresh and silk flower arrangements. Business was good, but Copella felt she wanted something different.
Then she read “The Secret,” a self-help book that urges people to follow their heart and do what makes them happy, and the 1864 Boutique was born.
“I didn’t buy things just because I thought they would sell, I bought things that I loved, and business went throughout the roof,” Copella said.
Today, the flower business remains, but the 1864 Boutique has really taken off, and now offers a line of clothing designed by Copella and Kristen Spinks, and sewed by Spinks.
“We get together every other week and design new clothing. All of our clothing is very soft and adorable. It’s all about feeling good, and feeling good about yourself. I wash it and line-dry it, so it smells like something from that dried on the line at your grandmother’s house,” Copella said.
In fact, it was her grandmother’s house that inspired the name of the boutique.
“I used to live in my Grandma’s house, which was built in 1864, and violets grew all around the house. That’s why I named it 1864 Boutique, because it brought back that feeling.
In addition to her own clothing line, Copella carries Magnolia Pearl and Chalet.
The shop also carries French-milled soaps, perfumes, candles, jewelry, Watson’s chocolates, and has recently added “shabby chic” furniture.
“The clothing took off so much we had to open a new room in the back, and now we have antique furniture upholstered in antique grain sacks. I get people from Canada and all over the country. We get new people in every day,” Copella said.
To showcase the 1864 boutique, Copella is hosting a fall open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the shop, which is housed in an old, refurnished barn at 7716 Rochester Road, Gasport.
Copella is also hosting a Ladies Night Out Fashion Show Oct. 12 at the Pillars Estate Ballroom in Albion.
“It will be just a fun night of shopping for the ladies, in a beautiful, historic location,” Copella said.
For more information, call the shop at 772-2099, or go to Facebook.