I live in a cute, old town with an old-fashioned main street. But it’s a main street that I don’t normally frequent for a couple of reasons. Mostly, it’s because a lot of the shops are antique/consignment stores. I’m not an antique-y person, I admit it. I don’t really like old, used stuff. To me, there’s always this odor to antique stores—musty and dirty. All of these new shows about “picking” through people’s crap actually gross me out. I digress.
When I first heard about A La Mode Boutique, I didn’t have high hopes. I’d seen lots of consignment shops and other boutiques that cater to an older crowd die a slow and painful death on Main Street. But I watched their progress as they prepared for a mid-August Grand Opening. I’m so glad I did because this gem of a place is, in a word, awesome.
The first time I stopped by, during the soft opening, was because I saw on facebook that they were selling these adorable “Chocolate” pink totes, with proceeds going to breast cancer research. Since I lost my beloved sister to breast cancer last year, I was eager to get one for myself. I had posted a comment on the A La Mode facebook page about the tote, and I wanted to make sure I got one before they sold out. A secondary purpose was my desperate need to get a scarf to cover my disgustingly dirty hair (post-keratin thermal hair straightening treatment; more to come on that later).
When I walked in the door and took a good look around, I let out a breath I didn’t even know I was holding. The place was beautiful. Not just the merchandise, although it was my version of Mecca; it was apparent that all of the furnishings and décor were lovingly hand-picked by the owners.
Then, I got a good look at the “goods.” “Kid in a candy store” is the only way to describe my reaction. There were scarfs and hats and purses and jewelry and candles and … I could go on for three pages with all that they had. And I wanted one of EVERYTHING.
Not long after I arrived, I was greeted by the owner, Amie McCaslin and her husband, Chris. Also in attendance was their adorable daughter, Ashley. Right away, I LOVED that this was a family affair. They were unpretentious and very easy to talk to, so we conversed easily.
I said that I was looking for the “Chocolate” tote, but Amie said that they’d sold out. Disappointed, I mentioned that I had seen it on facebook and thought it was fantastic.
To which I replied, “Yes.”
She went to the back room and came back with the very tote I was looking for. She said that when she saw my post, she immediately put one aside for me. I was thrilled and thankful. How many stores would do that? I can’t think of a single one.
Since their prices are so AMAZING, in addition to the bag, I also bought a scarf, a hat, and some really cute bangle bracelets.
On my second visit, during the Grand Opening celebration, I picked up another hat and a really pretty crystal necklace and earrings set. They were pretty busy that day, so I’m hoping that they’ll be around for years to come.
Every now and again, you come across a place that just “does it” for you. I’m a girly-girl – I like sparkles and pretty colors – so when a shop opens that fills my girly-girl gas tank, I’m in love. If you’re in/around the Baltimore/DC area, you should really check it out. You won’t regret it.
A La Mode Boutique
7546 Main Street
Sykesville, MD 21784