DOWNEY – One native household has taken the treasures they’ve discovered whereas touring and turned them into a brand new storefront boutique opening this weekend.
Mom, daughter, and niece trio Loraine Medina, 48, Alyssa Hilton, 23, Kassandra Medina, 15, will open The Gypsy Journey on Sunday, promoting garments, equipment, and different gadgets collected from their very own private travels.
The shop started as a former cell library truck they bought in October 2018.
“We like to journey throughout, and (Hilton) loves style,” stated Loraine. “I used to be telling her this is able to be a very good concept, to purchase this truck…We fastened it up, all of us fastened it up. We transformed it; slightly cell library to a cell boutique.”
The enterprise began off small, doing little pop-up retailers for household and mates, to nice success.
“The extra we went to, the extra constructive suggestions we might get,” stated Hilton. “We cherished connecting with the folks, the expertise, and all that.”
When the Covid-19 pandemic set in, The Gypsy Journey was compelled to take a hiatus, solely simply beginning again up round a 12 months in the past.
Now, the entrepreneurial household have set their sights even larger with their first brick and mortar store, situated at 7823 Florence Ave.
Hilton is at the moment dedicated to the shop full-time. Kassandra, nonetheless a scholar at Downey Excessive College, works on lots of the graphic and design components. Loraine supervises and serves in a mentor / help function.
They are saying the store is catered and focused to “free spirited” girls of all sizes.
“Since we journey, we attempt to deliver issues from throughout,” stated Loraine. “Little belongings you wouldn’t actually discover on the mall, or hand-made stuff.”
“We cater to all girls, from dimension small to 3x, in order that’s one other factor (our clients) like.”
“We feature plus-sizes that the majority boutiques don’t,” added Kassandra.
Loraine specifically talked about that she had lately introduced again gadgets from Baja and Romania, however future inventory is simply restricted by their journey.
“I’m going to deliver again one thing,” stated Loraine. “Often, I take an enormous baggage bag…as a result of I do know I’m going to deliver (product) again.”
Gypsy Journey might be holding a grand opening celebration on Sunday, that includes music, drinks, and particular offers.
They hope this would be the first of many shops, however don’t essentially need to turn out to be a sequence. The unique truck may even nonetheless be used as nicely.
“I would like us to develop,” stated Loraine. “I don’t just like the phrase ‘chain,’ however simply to have numerous Gypsy Journeys throughout, however nonetheless having the small vibe feeling, like store small boutique. We don’t need to be a Walmart or Goal. We need to develop, however we need to maintain it small on the identical time.”