Remember back in October when we discussed a reader’s concerns regarding ample-figured women and their desires to shop independent, locally owned boutiques? A few of you wrote in to point all of us in the direction of Pink Ginger on Queen Anne where Tina Christou stocks that proverbial something for everyone. Here, we meet Christou, who suggests that there’s still more work to do when it comes to small boutiques for plus-size gals.
WWW: What’s your personal spin on the ubiquitous “How can I help you?” question?
Christou: Being in retail and working for huge corporations during my early years, that has become one of the questions that I usually try to stay away from. I like to greet everyone that walks in the door, though I try and let them get the feeling of their surroundings first before I assault them with my personality. I let them tell me what it is that they are looking for or let them know that I’m here for them if they need my personal help or experience.
What’s your favorite thing in the store right now?
I’m loving all the sweaters that are in the store at this time and I really am into the bamboo fingerless gloves. I’m also a huge fan of Hazel which, I think, is the cutest retro line of clothing around.
Where do you shop when you’re not at your store?
I’m one of those gals who likes to shop all the local neighborhoods and see what great finds are lurking in Seattle.
What specific store or type of store do you feel is missing from Seattle’s shopping scene?
Boutiques that cater to curvy girls would be a great addition to Seattle shopping. Seattle has great neighborhoods for shopping, so anything added to our city is considered a good thing.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened in your store?
I’m not sure this falls under the weirdest thing, but I am sure that the store has a ghost or two. I have lots of people tell me their dogs pull them here in the store for no reason and I have been told that a few people have seen a gal sitting on one of the chairs in here when I was the only other person here when a customer has walked in. I’m thinking they’re nice ghosts ….