Prescription to shop: Retail Therapy offers unique items from 60+ vendors

Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 02:04 PM.

That’s when she put down the shears and made a go at jewelry making full-time. One of the stores at which Gonzales was a vendor was Scavengers, formerly located at the far end of the now-Retail Therapy dominated strip along U.S. 98.

In an unexpected turn of events, the vendor-consignment store closed earlier this year. Gonzales and some of the other vendors were left thinking, “What do we do now?”

Though she had never been a business owner, with a little nudging and a good team behind her, Gonzales decided to open her own shop. She took a leap of faith and opened the store, turning favorite pastime to livelihood.

“I love to shop,” said Gonzales, adding that the name of the store comes from a favorite saying of shopaholics: “It’s not shopping, it’s retail therapy.”

Gonzales acquired the “empty shell of a space” and she, along with store manager Debra Thibodeau, did most of the decorating and painting work themselves over the next couple of months.

“I was covered in primer,” Gonzales recalled with a laugh.

Since opening, Gonzales has nothing but good news to report about the turnout of shoppers who come shop the thousands of one-of-a-kind and unique items.

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