Sirens at the Beach celebrates 1st anniversary

Sirens at the Beach

Michelle Blenkensopp and Darcy Pentel

Deborah Wheeler/The Sun
Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 03:23 PM.

Sirens at the Beach, an upscale boutique lingerie store in Grayton Beach, celebrated its first anniversary April 18 with a trunk show and soiree.

Formerly working as an assistant manager at Tommy Bahama's for four years, owner Darcy Pentel felt the need to branch out.

"I opened Sirens out of necessity from a need to find proper undergarments that fit without sacrificing femininity," she said.

Once she recognized the need, she began doing her research and flew to the Salon International de la Lingerie in Paris in January 2012.

"It was hard to get anyone to talk to me there, though, since I went without knowing anyone, and I didn't even own a store at that time," she said.

Attending the show, however, opened her eyes to the possibilities and she saw thousands of different lines of lingerie.

She also met British designer Michelle Blenkinsopp from Cornwall, England, one of the few designers who was open to hearing about Pentel and her aspirations. Now more than a year later, Pentel returned the favor by inviting Blenkinsopp and her Shell Belle Couture collection to the States to help celebrate the store’s anniversary.

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