Inspired by the American feel-good classic It’s a Wonderful Life, Zuzu’s Petals Boutique lives up to the story’s optimistic outlook. Though the name implies holiday cheer—of which I am sure there is plenty of when the season comes—Zuzu’s is not a holiday specific shop. Instead, the boutique supplies decadent accessories and bohemian apparel—think gorgeous jewel textured necklaces and flowy blouses! Zuzu’s Petals appeals to the Fashionista that’s looking to add a dash of whimsical vintage to her closet. The friendly vibe in the shop, including the loveable dog with it’s own bed under a decorative cabinet, adds to the boutique’s personality. Thus, it becomes a safe haven for the weary shopper seeking an impeccably decorated and serene experience.
Name: Melanie Bremer
CollegeFashionista: What is the inspiration behind the shop?
Melanie Bremer: Linda (co-owner) and I had both been in retail previously. I had been designing jewelry and selling it at another store when I met Linda there. Circumstances just worked to where we felt like we should try it out on our own. She was into the wall art and I was into jewelry. After we started, we just started buying apparel and now we probably have more apparel than anything.
CF: How has the boutique influenced you personally?
MB: I work a lot more than I used to! It’s a passion. We love shopping and now that’s what we do; it’s fun. It’s been really nice for us to get to know our customers, as well. We have a neighborhood close by and a lot of the ladies that shop here live really close. They’re not just our customers, they’re also our friends and we like to know what’s going on with them and their families.
CF: Is there an ideal kind of style Zuzu’s tries to convey?
MB: I think we mostly try to buy for women, not so much the stick figure. We want anyone to be able to put a piece on and not feel like they have to be super skinny. We want everybody to feel good in what they have on.
CF: What does the shop look for in jewelry?
MB: We always look for something that is different. We’re really proud of the fact that we have done a great job with jewelry. Every market we go to we’re constantly looking for what’s new. We try to get a lot that’s handmade and things that are made in America; we think that’s important.
CF: What are you most excited about style-wise for fall?
MB: We love the outerwear, especially moto jackets and shorter coats. I think we’re most looking forward to so many different jackets.
Learn More: Take a look at Zuzu’s Petals on their Facebook page for highlights on their selected apparel or home decor tips! Also, be sure to stop by the shop at their location at 11780 W 135th St. in Overland Park, Kansas.