Shop evolves into two businesses

Arabesque, the former gift and stationery boutique in Shelburne village, has evolved into two new wedding-related businesses on Shelburne Road.

Since closing in May after 18 years in the village, owner Tracy Stolese has reopened Shelburne Gift Company and the Vermont Wedding Studio at 2538 Shelburne Road, across from the former Sirloin Saloon.

“We’re so excited to start working with so many of our friends in Shelburne once again,” Stolese said.

The new gift business is set up as a studio rather than a retail shop, focusing on stationery, invitations and printed, personalized gifts, Stolese explained. Many items will be aimed at weddings and parties, such as hospitality baskets and welcome gifts for out-of-town guests.

The new location will not offer retail hours or keep inventory in stock, Stolese said. The focus will be on special orders by appointment.

In addition, the location will function as a co-working spot for various wedding-business vendors under the banner of Vermont Wedding Studio. The space has room for meetings, a kitchenette, Wi-Fi, faxing and scanning capabilities, as well as a spot for picture-taking.

“The goal is to make it a place where someone working as a ‘one person show’ can get away from their home office for a fresh perspective, a client meeting or some collaboration time with other wedding entrepreneurs…without the huge expense of renting their own office,” Stolese explained.

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