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Fresh style for old site: Vintage Peach Boutique opens in in historic building in Hoschton
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Items hang from newly-stocked racks Tuesday at the Vintage Peach Boutique in Hoschton. The boutique, which opened in September, is located in what used to be a bank building many years ago. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Taylor DeLaPerriere loves to shop and loves to find a good deal.

So when there was an opening at a building owned by her husband’s family, she jumped at the chance to open her own store, and The Vintage Peach Boutique was born in Hoschton.

“Opening a store is something I wanted to do,” DeLaPerriere said. “I love clothes, I love anything fashion and I love it at a really good reasonable price.”

The Vintage Peach Boutique, located at 37 City Square in Hoschton, opened Sept. 23 during Hoschton’s Fall Festival. The shop offers women’s clothing and jewelry — much of it locally made — as well as home items, such as pillows, tea towels and picture frames.

“We weren’t 100 percent ready but we wanted people to know that we’re here so we decided to go ahead and do a soft opening,” DeLaPerriere said. “We’re still learning and getting more and more stuff in so its very exciting.”

DeLaPerriere’s personal style influences the products sold. She said she often receives compliments on what she’s wearing so being able to pick out clothes for the shop has been exciting.

“I really love vintage stuff, very bohemian-type clothes,” DeLaPerriere said. “I love anything neutral, brown khakis.”

Keeping clothes affordable while still being unique is also important to her.

“I want it to be a true boutique to where we only order select clothes and so once they’re gone they’re gone,” she said.

McKenna Henry, who manages the store, has been working with DeLaPerriere the last few months to get it open. She or DeLaPerriere can be found at the store most days, with customer service a key focus.

Henry said DeLaPerriere is big into repurposing. She had the furniture in the shop repainted and refurbished.

“We both lean toward the shabby-chic look,” Henry said.

As far as products sold, there’s little bit of old and new.

“We do mostly new now but have been talking about a little bit of antiquing, bringing in some older things,” Henry said.

The building itself has a long history. According to Taylor, it was built by her husband’s family, the DeLaPerrieres, more than 100 years ago.

The building served as a bank and a pharmacy over the years. It’s been rented out to various tenants for their ventures. More recently, it was an army surplus store.

“When the opportunity came to restore something that’s been in my husband’s family’s name since the late 1800s, it was a great opportunity for us to renovate it and open it up,” DeLaPerriere said.

When she took over the building, the interior looked much different than it does today with a drop ceiling and paneling covering the brick walls. Now original exposed brick accents the decor of the shop and a large peach was carved out of cement on top of the bricks over the register.

The bank’s original vault is still visible in the front of the store.

“You can’t beat the charm of the building, you can’t beat the prices,” Henry said. “I think that’s one thing about boutiques is you think ‘boutique’ and ‘expensive.’ Those two things normally go together, whereas here you can get two shirts for the price of what you’d get one at somewhere else.”

Vintage Peach shares space with Salon 311, which occupies the back of the shop. DeLaPerriere said future plans for the store could include expanding into that space if Salon 311 relocates.

A small line of girls clothing is also a possibility for the future.

Limited online shopping is available on The Vintage Peach’s website but only items with duplicates in stock are featured.

“I hope to bring very good-quality clothes and home accessories at very reasonable price because I’m a big shopper and I love being able to go in and buy more than one thing,” DeLaPerriere said.

“I want people to be able to come in and feel like they’re getting really awesome, trendy clothes that they can’t get anywhere else for a really good price.”

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