Perrysburg boutique celebrates fifth anniversaryWritten by Paige Shermis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
At Puttin’ On The Glitz, the front shelves are lined with vinegars and oils. Dozens of varieties of loose teas line a wall. A large, footed bathtub, filled with fizzy bath-bombs, rests next to an irreverent greeting card display.
The self-described “unique boutique,” which opened June 1, 2008, in Perrysburg, is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a weeklong celebration taking place from May 30 to June 6.
“We are going to have smaller sales going on each day,” said store owner Kelly Heuss, who runs the business with her mother Joanne Heuss.
On June 1, the actual five-year anniversary, the store is running a luau-themed benefit for Project iAm, a local nonprofit that “provides support and information, resources, and financial assistance to families affected by autism,” according to a news release by Puttin’ On The Glitz. The store will be selling T-shirts designed earlier in the year for Project iAm by Kelly Heuss, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the charity. Additionally, a percentage of other store sales that day will also go to Project iAm.
There will also be major store sales on June 1, with certain items up to 50 percent off.
Puttin’ On The Glitz has had a smaller themed anniversary celebration each year, but this year is on a larger scale, Joanne said. The decision to benefit Project iAm comes from the familiarity with the charity, Kelly said.
“I worked with iAm before. I did the T-shirts for the Acoustics for Autism event that was back in March [at] The Village Idiot; that was the project’s big fundraiser. I thought it would be a great opportunity to raise more money for them,” Kelly said.
The store is holding its anniversary from Thursday to Thursday due to the fact that the Perrysburg Farmer’s Market runs each Thursday evening. Puttin’ On The Glitz will have a tent outside the store on these days, with extra foods available for sampling.
The boutique is putting on special cooking demonstrations with gourmet and specialty foods on May 30, June 1 and June 6.
Puttin’ On The Glitz has a new
private label of loose teas, spice blends, flavored olive and sesame oils aid flavored balsamic vinegars, as well as flavored sugars called Mad Anthony Tea & Spice, introduced last spring.
In addition to the extra sales, the boutique is debuting a new customer loyalty card program called “Glitzy Rewards.” According to a news release, customers will get a punch in their card for every $20 they spend and a $20 gift card after accumulating 10 punches. During the anniversary week, customers will receive double punches on their cards.
With the anniversary comes a facelift for the store’s website.
The change was made by Kelly, who has a background in graphic design.
“I made the design a little more
modern and switched up the logo a bit. We also added functionality, so people can buy online, which is something we have not done before,” Heuss said.
The variety of products offered in the anniversary sale differs from the store’s original stock in 2008.
“Here’s where it comes in, the unique part: When we started five years ago, we started as a bridal shop,” Kelly said.
The store still sells “upbeat” items for Halloween-themed weddings, as well as bridal tiaras, veils and jewelry, Kelly said. In addition to the bridal ware and the gourmet food selection, Puttin’ On The Glitz sells regular costume jewelry, some home décor products, bath and body products, funny cards and gifts.
Kelly also designs and sells custom bridal invitations.
“[We sell] a little of everything, really,”
What the store has in stock depends on the owners’ intuition, Joanne said.
“You just have to have a sense for it.
I’ve done retail since I was 17, so you just kind of buy what you like. You take a risk every time you buy. So far, I’ve picked pretty good,” she said.
Puttin’ On The Glitz is located at 200 Louisiana Ave. in downtown Perrysburg.
For more information, visit the web site www.PuttinOnTheGlitzStore.com.