November 25th, 2015 by Angela Hetrick
Coventry Village is just 1/4 mile and home to over 40 independently owned businesses. This holiday season, we’re shining the spotlight on some of the loyal customers that shop, dine and enjoy Coventry Village.
They’ve shared with us why (and where) they shop small, favorite mom and pop spots, gift ideas, holiday traditions and fun ways to spend winter in northeast Ohio. Thanks to all that support Coventry Village. It’s customers like YOU that help us build a neighborhood!
Customer Spotlight: Morena Carter
Occupation: Attorney (Littler Mendelson, P.C.)
Cleveland Heights resident
Proud supporter of Blush Boutique for over 4 years!
Q. Tell us why you love shopping at Blush Boutique!
A. I love the clothes they carry – especially the dresses! I also love how welcome Laurie and Lauren make me feel when I come in the door. My husband jokes that I’m Norm and Blush is my Cheers.
Q. What makes Blush unique?
A. Blush carries things that no other shops in the city carry. Laurie (Blush Boutique’s owner) usually only carries 1 or 2 of each size so I know that when I buy something I am not likely to run into someone who has the exact same thing. It’s also a very warm and inviting place and I often go there after a long day at the office just to unwind. Even if I don’t purchase anything, I always enjoy my experience.
Q. Can you share with us a personal Blush Boutique experience?
A. I have two favorite experiences! One, Laurie has allowed me to host three shopping parties for my friends at Blush. Having 20-25 amazing women at Blush – networking and shopping – is so much fun! And now a few of my friends have become Blush addicts like me. Two, Lauren found a sweet cat outside of Blush’s back door a couple of days ago. My husband and I happened to stop by that day and long story short, we ended up adopting the cat. There aren’t many places where you can buy a great dress and pick up an awesome pet.
Q. Why is it important for you to shop local?
A. Economic stability and jobs; but, I also enjoy the less corporate feel of local businesses and developing relationships with the owners. The owners and employees are usually more interested in what they do and getting to know you. We can share stories because chances are we know some of the same people or live in the same area.
Q. Any other spots on Coventry you enjoy?
A. For me, having a vibrant shopping district on Coventry is important. I love to walk down there and take care of my errands and have a fun shopping experience. Online shopping lacks that personal touch that I like about shopping local.
A few favorites are Mac’s Backs-Books, Tommy’s, Piccadilly, Pho & Rice, Inn on Coventry, and Eddy’s on Coventry. I love the variety and quality of restaurants. Mac’s Backs is a fantastic book store — I love that I can choose from both new and used books. I have been going to Melissa at Eddy’s for over 5 years for my hair styling needs – she is the best!
Q. Give a shout out to your favorite independent businesses in the Cleveland area.
Q. Help our readers with their holiday shopping. Suggest a unique holiday gift from Blush Boutique.
A. Blush has tons of awesome gifts! I love the jewelry and scarves. Blush also has some great locally made beauty products and soaps.
Q. Tell us some of your top things to do in Cleveland during the winter?
A. Dinner parties; ice skating in University Circle; trail runs in the snow; drinking wine anywhere.
Q. What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
A. My husband and I are both transplants to Cleveland so we don’t really have any holiday traditions because we usually do something different for each holiday every year. However, we love that we have so many amazing friends here who take us in on various holidays if we don’t visit family.
Thanks to Morena for taking the time to share with us.
Blush Boutique is hosting TWO not to miss sales!
Friday 11/27: Blush Boutique Black Friday Sale
8 AM – 12 PM: 40% Off*
12 PM – 8 PM 25% Off*
*Off regular Priced Merchandise, No further discounts offered, No loyalty points may be redeemed.
Saturday 11/28: Blush Boutique Small Business Saturday
20% Off Regular Priced Merchandise
1783 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118
Want to meet more Coventry customers? Check back here Friday and become a fan of our Facebook page.
Each weekday this holiday season we’re introducing you the customers of Coventry Village. Wishing you and your family a happy Thanksgiving.
Photo credit: Gabe Schaffer. Copyright: CVSID & Gabe Schaffer 2015.