Accessory store slated for West Street site
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | August 26,2014
Anthony Edwards / Staff Photo
The building housing the soon-to-be Sweet Revival is shown on West Street in Downtown Rutland on Monday.
Jaymie Gudelis intends to make a splash on West Street.
Gudelis will be before the Architectural Review Board this week with her planned renovations to the outside of 146 West St., which she plans to open next month as a women’s accessory shop called Slightly Off Center. The plans include exterior paint, which she says will be “clean and crisp and pretty” whites and grays along with a yellow awning.
“I know I don’t have the foot traffic Center Street and those streets do, but I will have a lot of car traffic,” the 31-year-old Rutlander said. “Hopefully, they’ll see my awning and stop.”
Michael Coppinger, Downtown Rutland Partnership executive director, said the space had been vacant for about a year, since the previous occupant, Sweet Revival, closed following its owner’s legal difficulties.
“I think Jaymie’s business will get along very well with other women’s apparel stores we have here,” he said, listing about a half-dozen names.
Gudelis said her store will have a slightly different focus from most of Rutland’s feminine apparel shops.
“I’m not going to have any clothes or shoes,” she said. “It’s going to be a lot of sterling silver, a lot of semi-precious stones. The hats and the scarves will change seasonally.”
Other offerings will include candles, coasters and picture frames.
“Anything eclectic I’m finding, near and far,” she said. “If it’s got a cool story behind it and I can share that story, I will have purchased it to sell in my store.”
Gudelis, who has quit her job at Baker Distributing to open the shop, said she has wanted to own such a store since she hung out at the now-defunct Essential Alternatives as a child.
“It’s really all I’ve ever wanted to do,” she said. “I love jewelry and I love hats and scarves and the whole idea of it.”