An eclectic retail boutique and gift shop is moving to Pacific.
The Eclectic Trading Company is relocating its 7-year-old boutique from House Springs to the historic Cronin Real Estate building at 520 W. Osage.
Bobbie Kassman, owner, has put a new copper-colored metal roof on the building, salvaged the original hardwood floors by removing several layers of carpet and subflooring, and created 17 parking spaces in the rear and side of the building.
For the past week, Washington artist Charlie “Spitball” Darling has been in the process of painting a mural on the west side of the building depicting the unusual offerings of the boutique.
Using Kassman’s design, the finished mural will show a vintage lady wearing, “lots of bling,” a 63-split window Corvette, the traditional Route 66 shield, the Gateway Arch and St. Louis skyline, framed by a faux brick wall, which Darling is painting brick by brick.
This is Darling’s second mural in Pacific. He also created the Pacific Opera House mural on the Orleans Street side of the McHugh-Dailey Building.
Inside, the new store will reflect the seemingly random assortment of themes on the mural, displaying two floors of one-of-a-kind new and vintage items from around the world, Kassman said.
Merchandise will include small pieces of furniture, glassware, jewelry, women’s clothing, shoes and purses, and lots of scarves.
The new Pacific location was the result of an eight-year search for a permanent home for, what Kassman describes, an upscale, unique boutique.
The fact that the new location is on Route 66 offers additional product possibilities to the eclectic mix of beautiful things, Kassman said
“A lot of people still travel the Mother Road,” she said. “We’ll be ready for them. Motorists who stop here will find Route 66 memorabilia.”
For a glimpse of the range of merchandise the store will offer visit Eclectic Trading Company (ETC) on Facebook.