The torch changes hands at the Main Street Gallery Boutique and Fine-Art Arcade in Chelan

After 15 years, new owners take the helm of successful downtown retail store

Courtesy Main Street Gallery Boutique April Marcel (left) and Lacy Boosinger (right), a mother-daughter team took over the helm of Main Street Gallery Boutique and Fine-Art Arcade earlier this month.
CHELAN -  Following a whirlwind re-freshening and a truckload of new merchandise, the Main Street Gallery reopens Veteran’s Day week in its long-term location at 208 Woodin Avenue. 
It all came together quickly and with much excitement according to April Marcel and Lacy Boosinger, the mother-daughter team that took the helm of the stylish 2,000 sq. ft. women’s fashion boutique and gallery. 
“I knew early on that I wanted to own a boutique one day and share my passion for fashion,” said 23-year-old Lacy. “I started working part time at Main Street Gallery when I was only fifteen and fell in love with the process of helping customers, discovering new styles, and pull-together outfits that make our customers feel attractive and confident.”
“I am constantly in awe of the power of fashion. It brings excitement and inspiration to a wide range of people” Boosinger added. “It is my goal to offer accessible clothes that are inclusive for women of all ages, shapes, and sizes, as well as to provide them with a fun shopping environment.”
Lacy’s mother, April Marcel, is also an enthusiastic fashion maven and experienced business woman. “When we learned the Main Street Gallery was available after 15 years, we jumped at the chance to bring different styles to local customers and tourists alike. In the past few years, the fashion scene in the Chelan Valley has changed for the better in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic.” 
“We traveled to the fashion market in Las Vegas and discovered a beautiful line of South Sea pearl jewelry that can spice up many outfits. Plus, we selected some chic dresses, coats and flattering sportswear that truly fit the Chelan lifestyle. Once we have everything unpacked and displayed, customers will find labels such as Blu Pepper, POL, and Papillon.” Marcel predicted. 
On the fine-art gallery side, which will expand to the boutique’s mezzanine, Main Street Gallery features new artists, new arrangements, and a new attitude. Specific pieces include paintings, photography, lithographs, sculptures, and carvings. “We are honored to feature some notable artists in the gallery including  John Ebner, Diane Paton-Peel, and Phil Skochilich,” Marcel added. 
Main Street Gallery is the largest fine-art gallery in Chelan and features pieces retailing from a just a few dollars for a lithograph print to original paintings worth hundreds. 
“As the saying goes, a thing of beauty is a joy forever.” Marcel remarked. “Our gallery artists range from local painters and photographers to some well-known creative people from Western Washington. Many local collectors look to the Main Street Gallery to add the finishing touch to their homes and offices. The artworks also make a memorable and lasting gift for the upcoming holidays. We are additionally bringing in art experts to help curate future presentations and special art shows. Through this process we have discovered a wealth of creative talent in Chelan.”
“It’s obvious this is a family endeavor, with my son Luke assisting with the new POS system, store website, and social media sites. Lacy will be heavily involved in merchandising where she excels,” Marcel said. “Especially during the past 18 months, a new emphasis on email, phone and internet communications has been realized.” 
“We can truly succeed with our new attitude:  ‘A boutique to inspire, offering wearable and fine art of all kinds,’” Marcel observed. 
The Main Street Gallery is located at 208 Woodin Avenue, Chelan. Telephone 509-682-9262, Email mainstreetgallerychelan@gmail.com. Open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Sundays. Website: mainstreetgallerychelan.com

 

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