A Pink Christmas at Nancy the Girl
White River Junction is barely open for business on Mondays—my fault for not realizing before I set out to get in those all important steps on what my husband and I call “an urban walk.” Still, the town didn’t disappoint. Phnom Penh was serving lunch; from a window seat I could see customers pinging in and out of Revolution and Flourish. Got a quick look at the space now occupied by JAM (Junction Arts & Media, formerly CATV) in the old Newberry Market. Peered through the door and sent prayerful vibes to Tuckerbox, open for dinner but not yet for lunch. River Nutrition on Main Street, opened last year, promises protein in your smoothies and (new to me) in your coffee.
But the Christmas display (above) was the find of the afternoon. Once again exploring all of the crannies of the Tip Top Building, I came across an homage to the holidays just outside of Nancy the Girl. In a follow-up email, Store Manager Kirsten Kersey explained:
“We had a lot of fun putting it together this year—we always have a pink tree for Christmas as pink is Nancy's favorite color. We decided to change it up from the typical holiday outfits and dress the mannequins in witch hats and glam attire as a nod to the Pagan origins of many of today's Christmas traditions.”
Nancy the Girl is a clothing boutique located on the first floor of the Tip Top Building. On its website is this, by owner Nancy Heyl: “I created Nancy the Girl for anyone who ever felt like they weren't allowed to wear something because they were the wrong size, the wrong age or the wrong gender.” Junction Magazine published a profile of Nancy and her boutique last year (click here.)
(Photos by Susan B. Apel)
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