Meet Patice – the owner of Liberty Carriage House
Where did you draw inspiration for starting your own business?
I was “bit” by the “retail bug” at an early age. My grandmother was an avid shopper and when I was a child she would take me to Hess Brother’s department store in center city Allentown. I recall the grandeur of that store with its marble floors and ornate figures, and lunch in Hess’s Patio restaurant was a special treat since models would walk the floor. I also worked at the center city Strawbridge and Clothier while attending college. My oldest sister graduated from FIT and has had an incredibly successful career in design so her influence and input has been invaluable.
How would you describe Liberty Carriage House?
Liberty Carriage House is a funky eclectic boutique located at 176 Bridge Street with a primary focus on women’s clothing lines and products that are designed and manufactured in the USA. In fact, one of the lines we are proud to carry is Plume and Thread, which is a female-owned business in Philadelphia. We also offer gifts and decor items, many of which are made in the USA by local artisans.
When looking for a retail location, what specifically drew you to Phoenixville?
The shoppe recently celebrated its fifth year in business in Phoenixville. When I opened my storefront on the 100 block of Bridge Street there were vacant lots where Phoenix Village is now located. Watching the growth downtown has been exciting. Having been born and raised Bethlehem PA, I was drawn to Phoenixville’s strong sense of community and the loyalty the community has to not only its merchants and artists but more importantly to its social services. Having lived through the demise of Bethlehem Steel, and watching families struggle to make ends meet, I am amazed how everyone works together to get things done in this community.
What are you most proud of in your business?
I am probably most proud of the occasions when I hear people laugh at one of our USA made greeting cards or candles. When that happens I often say…if we made you smile, then we have done our job.
What is your vision for the future of Liberty Carriage House?
I hope to continue to work with and give back to the Phoenixville community which has been so loyal to me.
What is your personal or professional motto?
I personally think shopping should be an enjoyable, hands on experience, and that life is too short to wear boring clothes. In today’s world of online retail sales, which clearly provides convenience in everyone’s busy lives, I encourage our customers to take their time to browse, try on the clothes and look high and low in the shop for vintage decor finds since it’s packed.