Conservatrice, located in downtown Littleton, Colorado, is one of the new stockists carrying my jewelry line this holiday season. I had the chance to ask the mother-daughter team, Betsy and Meg, a few questions, and they were as charming and lovely as their boutique!
Let's dive in, shall we?
How did you get your start? Was it with floral arranging or vintage collecting?
Meg is a floral designer and classically trained french chef. I had my own photography business for 14 years and we both always worked retail off and on for fun. We have a true love of the art of choice and think the selection of a boutique’s inventory should be curated like a museum. We also have a passion for people and being a part of the pleasure experience is thrilling to us.
I am a collector by nature and was raised by a Grandmother that saw value in every little thing. Meg inherited same Grandmothers green thumb and love of all things that grow.
Tell me a little about the team behind Conservatrice...
Mother daughter team with a fortunate shared loved of old school shopping. The tactile experience of walking in to a storefront and taking it all in. Smell, touch, camaraderie (another french word). We have always been a good combination of artistry add a dash of we love each other madly, and you got a good thing. We do a lot of laughing.
What inspired you to open a boutique?
Timing is everything, we wanted to work for ourselves, it had always been a discussion and the timing of life just worked. We were always redecorating our homes and inspired by so many things, it just made sense this was the next step.
So, I just learned that “conservatrice” means “curator” in french. What an incredibly perfect name! Your store is so beautifully styled and eclectic, yet every item seems to be thoughtfully selected. What’s your process for curating items for Conservatrice?
Conservatrice was a challenging word to choose. It’s long and chewy and nobody knew what it meant. That led to part of its charm. Curating in an over used word and we wanted to get the message across but not be mainstream. It is vital to us that we are unique and always original. We strive to not carry anything close to what our neighbors are stocking. Yuck, what the creative venture in that? With an eye always on the prize, meaning the whole, or ambiance of the store. It has to make sense and be happy, not frantic and overstocked. An oasis for shoppers to know they can relax and find the perfect something.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Getting to know people that morph into friends and Buying for me. I love the hunt and the collective stocking of the store. Meg, loves all things flowers and styling people. They really trust her and she has a lot of ladies that come to her for advice.
I know that you recently moved to a new space. Is there anything unique about the latest home of Conservatrice?
Madly in love with Historic Downtown Littleton! It was like coming home. Small town feel, community, the local support is amazing for 2017, when internet shopping is taking over. We have a smaller space than our store before, but it packs a mean punch of charm and sophistication. We hand painted our floors and we appreciate the efforts everyday. The people are the unique and essential part of our new home.
What’s going on at Conservatrice this fall/winter? Any fun holiday plans?
We hope to have a Dani Barbe trunkshow!
Holiday Shopping Night | December 2, 2017
Downtown Littleton Merchants will remain open 5:00 - 9:00 pm. Enjoy the lighted Main Street while holiday shopping. Special offers and extended hours from many of Downtown Littleton shops.