BUSINESS BEAT: Haberdashery Resale/Ashby Realty Opening Soon at 229 Congress Street

Co-owners of Haberdashery Resale Heather Ashby and Jenny Davis

229 Congress Street to House Two Businesses Soon

By Carol McCracken (Post # 1,132)

Heather and Sheldon Ashby live on the Eastern Promenade and soon they will be sharing a store front at 229 Congress Street, a building that the couple own as well.

Heather and a business partner, Jenny Davis, will run Haberdashery Resale. The smaller space will be the office for Sheldon’s business – Ashby Realty – which specializes in multi-family buildngs.

Although the “for lease” sign remains in the window of the Congress Street property within a week or two, Heather and Jenny expect to replace it with a new one announcing Haberdashery Resale; an upscale mens and womens used clothing store with a different twist. The two women will buy the items outright from the seller rather than wait to reimburse them upon the sale of the items. Some of the labels the store will sell include: Pendleton, J. Crew, Ann Taylor Ralph Lauren and Forever XX1. All of these items will be sold at reasonable prices, said Jenny in a telephone conversation last night. Women’s shoes and bags will be a significant part of the inventory as well. Formerly, Portland Fiber was in this location.

A smaller percentage of the total inventory will be created by local artists according to Jenny. She’s been talking to many of them and has agreed to sell earrings by Emily Phillips and cashmere baby clothes by Nikaline Iacono. The two women intend to participate eventually in the First Friday Art Walk; however, not initially.

Adjustments may be made as summer approaches, but tentatively the store will be open Tuesday – Sunday and closed on Monday. Hours are from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. A website is under construction.

editor’s note: 8/12. The store is currently closed due to a fire in the upper floors of the buiding. The date for reopening is not known.