|New Pelton Store: Three Shops in One||| Print ||
|Thursday, 27 October 2011 13:58|
PHOTO BY LINDA SANDSMARK
T. J. Scott (left) of So Fitted Clothing and Angela Jarrett Quarles of XCESS Yourself Boutique have combined their retail style shops with a hair and nail salon.
By Linda Sandsmark
San Leandro Times
In what may be a trend of the future, long-time San Leandro resident Angela Jarrett Quarles has set up a boutique in Pelton Center, sharing the space with two other enterprises.
Their combined store provides all three businesses with more foot traffic and shared rent, helping build each company in the current economy.
The store is located at 1517 E. 14th St., next to Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream.
Quarles’ XCESS Yourself Boutique carries ladies’ fashions and accessories. So Fitted Clothing specializes in big-and-tall urban apparel for men and women. And Salon Au Cul-Tures does hair and nails.
Quarles has been a San Leandro resident since 1964, attending Roosevelt Elementary, Bancroft Middle, and Bishop O’Dowd High Schools.
“When I was young it was a big trip for us to come down here to Pelton Center,” she says. “My mother was always a fashionista, and I became one too.”
Quarles went to college to became a speech pathologist, and has worked in and around San Leandro in that capacity for 20 years, mostly in skilled nursing facilities. This foray into retail is a relatively new venture for her.
“Maybe it’s because I’m empty nesting now that my daughter went into the Air Force,” she says. “In 2008 I took a trip to the Los Angeles fashion district. The prices were so low, I realized it’s no wonder people bring things up here and sell them. At first I saw it as a way to buy at wholesale prices for myself.”
A short time later Quarles heard about a tiny retail space available in Hayward, and decided it might be worthwhile to set up her own shop. The location was cheap, but not good for foot traffic. She looked online for alternate spaces, found one in Pelton Center, and moved her shop to San Leandro in July.
“I knew this was perfect the minute I saw it,” says Quarles. “The previous tenant even gave me her cash register for free. That just shows you what great people we have here in San Leandro. I like being a supporter of this community. My shop carries a lot of merchandise for $20 to $25, nothing that’s going to break anybody’s budget.”
See XCESS Yourself Boutique’s facebook page for more information, or call 764-1028.
Quarles invited “mobile closet” owner T.J. Scott and hair stylist DeTrice Rodgers to join her in October. For two years, Scott has been running So Fitted Clothing business out of his van, which he uses to bring clothes to the venues of musical artists performing in the Bay Area. He originally got into the retail clothing business for much the same reason as Quarles.
“My kids are teenagers and I’ve spent a lot of money on high-end clothes for them. I know people in the music industry, and thought I could save money buying clothes for my kids while making a business out of it,” he says. “I bring a mobile, personal boutique to anyone who can’t get out to go shopping.”
The San Leandro location gives him one more place to showcase his wares, which he buys in Los Angeles and New York. Scott says So Fitted Clothing carries designer clothes from reputable manufacturers who stand by their products. He also offers same-day delivery inside a 20-mile radius for a $15 fee. See www.sofittedclothing.com or call 227-6300 for more information.
XCESS Yourself and So Fitted are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The third business, Salon Au Cul-Tures, is open at the rear of the shop. Stylist DeTrice Rogers (593-3700) plans to be open from 6 a.m. to midnight every day to accommodate customers, and is looking for another stylist and barber. Currently stylist Pleshette Mims (928-6065) and manicurist Katina Henry (612-7282) work with Rodgers.