Ritzy Roost will remain open under new ownership
Steena Hymes Staff Writer
Several weeks after the announcement that it was closing, Ritzy Roost will remain open. Sally Harrison has bought the store and will re-open it under new ownership with her sister Linda Burt.
“We are very happy to have found a pair of women who have a passion for the type business that we’ve created here,” current owner Margaret Zubernis said.
Zubernis said she will remain with the store for a month or two to ensure a smooth transition.
“The plan is for it to remain basically the same as it is, same quality and same feel,” Zubernis said.
Burt, from Seattle, and Harrison, from New York, are both educators and were looking for a place to retire yet still have an active life. Harrison stumbled upon LaGrange and after seeing the previous article about the closure of Ritzy Roost, decided to make an offer.
Harrison said she wanted something with a lot of community engagement as well as something that would allow her to explore her creative side. When coming to LaGrange, Ritzy Roost’s reputation as the “lifeblood of the community” is what attracted her to the shop.
Though they will keep Ritzy Roost a consignment shop, Harrison said they are open to what customers want and will make expansion plans based on what niches are revealed.
“I want to get to know LaGrange and find a way to contribute,” she said.
Burt said one addition to the shop will be her business Comfort Sweets, which creates, sells and delivers care packages. With the changes though, Burt said both her and Harrison are committed to carrying out Zubernis and Markham’s vision.
“I want to thank Sharon and Margaret for their guidance and wisdom as they share their business with me. It is my commitment to offer the same high quality service that customers have enjoyed with the previous owners in a unique vintage and high quality clothing and accessories consignment boutique that meets the needs and wants of our customers,” Harrison said.
Zubernis said the customer response has been one of overwhelming joy.
“People are sad that Sharon and I are not going to be doing the Ritzy Roost anymore, but are happy that the shop will remain open,” she said. “We want to wish them the best and hope they continue to grow the business.”
The store will close January 24 and re-open the first week of February. While Harrison will still be New York at that time, Burt will run the store with Harrison’s husband.
Harrison will be traveling to LaGrange this weekend to meet with Zubernis and Markham to iron out further details, which will be announced at a later date.
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