DELPHOS — As a young girl, Delphos native Vicky Kayser knew she wanted to own a boutique, and now, in 2018, she is finally fulfilling that dream.
Growing up, she spent many days at Andreoni’s Confectionery, a bakery owned by her great-grandparents Eletta and Victor Andreoni in downtown St. Marys.
“They had a gold filigree cash register that I dreamt about being able to push the buttons on,” said Kayser. “I had a little desk in the back where my great grandmother ran her office and I would use her cancelled checks as play money. It’s been my dream to own my own shop since I was a little child.”
Although she always envisioned owning her own boutique, she spent the last 38 years in the retail business as a district manager for Christopher and Banks. She said she has enjoyed her time in retail but was ready for change.
“Coming from the mall environment for years I saw the decline in tendency in the malls that I visited everyday and they was falling apart,” said Kayser. “I thought to myself if you can’t go to Toys ‘R’ Us now in your hometown to buy your kids toys, where do you go? That’s when I knew it was time to open my boutique.”
On Tuesday, Kayser finally opened the doors to Victorian Rose Boutique on 249 N. Main St. Victorian Rose Boutique is a women’s clothing store that offers both high-end and low-end clothing for women of all ages.
“We have fashionable clothing for missy, women and juniors,”said Kayser. “It’s more of a unique piece that you wouldn’t find in big box stores. We have a higher-end dressy side of the store for ages 30 and up, and the other side has clothing that is more trendy and youthful.”
Clothing sizes run from small to three extra large, juniors 1-13, missy 4-16 and women’s 14W to 24W. Customers can also purchase shoes, jewelry, purses, scarves and various other accessories.
Customer service is what she said sets her boutique apart from other clothing stores in the area.
“They’re going to get the absolute best customer service here because we are the total package,” said Kayser. “It’s the experience. They come in we take care of them and it’s a one-stop shop.”
Kayser is proud to able to contribute to the Delphos economy and serve her community.
“I want to give back to my community,” said Kayser. “My husband and I put a lot into this building to make it better at our expense just because we care about the community. Bringing in the mom and pop and brick and mortar stores is very vital to retail going forward.”
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