The culinarily voracious have taken advantage of the mobile trend, and shoppers are having a turn with it, too. Stacey Masterson took her Edmonds brick-and-mortar boutique on the road, and she'll take it to your home. Getting Masterson's Crimson and Clover to you is easy: just get gather some friends and give her a call with the address. And don't be deceived by its size; this mobile shop is stocked with plenty of great finds for spring's best trends.
Shop Talk: What song or album is currently playing on your sound system?
Masterson: I have always had a passion for music, enjoying a variety of genres from different eras. The music in the boutique reflects my eclectic taste. Currently, Melody Gardot is playing. Her sultry voice and down-to-earth lyrics bring you back to a different time and place making you feel like you just stepped into a piano bar from the '60s.
What was your first job in retail? What did you love or hate about it and how does it compare to what you do now?
When I was 16, I worked as an assistant manager in a small discount boutique located in a strip mall. Oddly enough, the styles from that time period seem to have revived themselves. I currently sell new clothing and accessories that resemble what I sold back then. The biggest change from then until now is the evolution of the computer age, which has drastically changed the way I do business. No more hand written invoices! My preference for quality goods has definitely matured. However my appetite for fashion remains strong.
What’s your favorite thing in the store right now?
I am currently obsessed with lace, metallics, and stripes. For spring, I brought in a darling sleeveless a-line vintage inspired tunic. The little white number is crisp, feminine and fresh, reminiscent of something Jackie O would have worn.
What do you love about your store’s neighborhood? What nearby restaurants, coffee shops, etc. do you recommend?
The great thing about owning a mobile boutique is now I have many different neighborhoods I frequent. I love how each neighborhood in Seattle has its own character. Growing up in Southern California, I was exposed to some of the best Mexican food restaurants. I am always searching for a Northwest favorite. A healthy, affordable and unique twist on traditional Mexican can be found at El Chupacabra, Phinney Ridge. Their veggie tacos are delicious and cost under $6 for three. I love the beauty of Edmonds, where I currently live. Crimson & Clover was located on Main Street in downtown Edmonds for a few years before I opened the mobile boutique. You can walk the Marina and then head up Main Street for a glass of wine, coffee or a pastry.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened in your store?
When it comes to shopping for clothing, women often lose their inhibition. It is not uncommon to see two or three women undressing at the same time right in the middle of the mobile boutique while other customers are shopping.