did we just become best friends?

When I first walked into the brand new shop on East Main Street in Batavia, I was instantly transported to Covent Garden in London, The Commons in Ithaca, (insert your favorite city’s shopping district here). I was giddy over the place, with its unique home décor and statement dresses. My first thought was, FINALLY. Because I have been waiting for a place like this to exist in our little town.

Ashley, owner of Pollyanna & Dot looks like little birdies help her get dressed in the morning. I mean, she literally wears dessert. SO much to love about her and her style which she is graciously sharing with all of us through both the vintage and bold pieces she carries in her store. She also allegedly doesn’t love having her picture taken. Allegedly.

Ashley grew up loving all things vintage and made it her duty to bring vintage and also more modern European-style frocks to the masses (or Genesee County) to fit every size and every budget.

What I love most about Pollyanna & Dot (other than the name which derived from Ashley’s grandmother’s names put together, so sweet) is that the clothing is both stylish and flattering to women with any body type, especially those of us who are on the full figure side of things. Every shape will find something to make them feel like their most beautiful self.

Leanna, owner of The Hidden Door decided to take the leap in opening her business with an “if not now, then when?” attitude, which I can appreciate as a business owner myself. I was just in awe watching her put together her in-store displays, joking about how stressed out I get about decorating my mantel. But not really joking because my mantel for real stresses me out. It’s so nice to know that I can just walk into the store whenever I want (well, Tuesday-Saturday) and get advice from a chick who not only gets it, but sells it.

What I love most about The Hidden Door is that Leanna is constantly getting cleaned out. So she’s constantly restocking new items, giving us a way better shot at gifting something unique OR having a unique piece in our homes. That, and the candles that smell like wine, because everything in life should smell like rosé if you want my honest opinion.

On behalf of every woman within a 20 mile radius, I want to thank you ladies. For taking the plunge and styling my mantel and me for the foreseeable future.