Refresh, Renew & Reveal – Shabby Chic Boutique

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Road construction got you down? Brandi Ruch, the owner of Shabby Chic Boutique, knows just how you feel. The final details of the construction on NC-75 are taking shape with turn lanes, curbs, and new pavement being installed during the month of July. Unfortunately, the road work has made it hard to access the boutique, and the people of Waxhaw are missing out on some of the cutest finds in the area.

But there’s good news! Brandi has decided to turn lemons into lemonade with a month-long mission to refresh and renew the already-fabulous space. Shabby Chic Boutique will be closed during the month of July to give the construction crews time to finish the road. Brandi will use that time to take her boutique to the next level.

Come for the Sip, Shop & Paint Classes on Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. throughout July. Photo courtesy of Shabby Chic Boutique.

“We have a huge sale going on through the month of June on tons of great items,” Brandi says. “Every area – furniture, clothing, gifts – has something discounted.”  Starting July 1st, Brandi and her crew will make some exciting changes to the boutique that will definitely be worth the wait. “We’re expanding our clothing line for women and teen girls, and we have the big reveal planned for August 5th.”

Already Shabby Chic Boutique is a premier place in Waxhaw for spotting the latest in fashion trends with a line of new clothing sure to please even the savviest shopper. The shop carries products from many local vendors. Shoppers can choose unique gifts for birthdays, new brides, and baby showers all without leaving Waxhaw.

Although the shop will not have regular hours during July, Brandi will still have her “Sip, Shop, and Paint” classes on Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Also, the boutique will be open for VIP shopping and order pick-up during that time where guests can enjoy complimentary wine while they shop.

Classes at Shabby Chic Boutique include painting, crafting, and monograming on media such as repurposed wood pallets. Photo courtesy of Shabby Chic Boutique.

“We want people to know that we’re not closed for good,” Brandi says. “This is just temporary while they finish up the road construction.” The boutique has come to be known for its combination of vintage furniture and trendy clothing. “We have a great mix of the new and old, fun and vintage” she adds. “This is the only place in Waxhaw for new women and teens clothing. And my teenage girls keep me well informed on what’s trending.”

New ventures that Brandi is considering are custom spray tanning, a line of gourmet foods, and even manicure and pedicure services to enhance the Shabby Chic Boutique experience. But folks will have to wait until the big reveal in August to find out exactly what Brandi has been up to.

During July, Brandi will be working hard to build a website. Already, the shop’s Facebook page shows featured items each day, and clients may still place orders online. “Check us out on Facebook,” Brandi says. “We’ll be constantly posting items for sale and sneak peeks.”

The Clothing Room offers new styles and the latest trends in fashion. Photo courtesy of Nicole Rushing.

In fact, Brandi is so committed to her clients that she will be taking appointments for those who are willing to brave the construction to get to the boutique. Shoppers can call or text 419-708-3242 to set up a personal shopping appointment or register for classes or by email at

“We have worked so hard the last three years making this a beautiful and exceptional shopping experience, and we are sorry this [road] transition has been so hard on the customers. It’s out of our control,” Brandi explains. “We’ll use this time to do an amazing renewal to the shop. Just hang tough and come see us in August.”

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Candice DuVernois
Candice DuVernois works as a freelance writer while waiting expectantly for her book deal to come through. She wrote her first poem when she was only seven years old, and she hasn't stopped dabbling since. She enjoys writing articles in a lighthearted tone about the good people of Mint Hill, always striving to make them shine. She lives in Mint Hill with her husband, Dave, and her two dogs who she tries to get into the paper as often as possible (the dogs, not Dave). Matthew 22:37-39.