Macon knows how to shop 'til you drop

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This week, the Cluster has profiled five boutique stores in Macon to help students uncover the best shopping downtown has to offer. Macon boutique stores may be small in numbers but are growing in style and accommodating to students on a college budget. For more information on any of the boutiques please visit their respective Facebook pages or websites.

Fab’rik

Headed toward La’ Berry, in the Vineville Crossing Plaza is fab’rik. Owner Stephanie Folsom opened the store last April and has kept to the concept of providing a unique sense of style. “It’s a shopaholic’s dream without the sticker shock,” said employee Tiffany Olson. Everything in the store is under $100, except for denim that includes Hudson, Miss Me, DL 1961, Paige and Truck Jeans. A 15% discount opportunity is offered every Tuesday when students sign up for a ‘Hall Pass.’ Georgia fans can rejoice in loyal colors as, every Thursday before a Bulldogs home game, all red and black items are 30% off.

Ginger Michelle

Ginger Michelle is a swift four-minute drive from campus and offers a variety of clothing, shoes and accessories. Located at 466 Front St., it has a style much like the chic Anthropologie chain.“We’ve put our own spin on it. It fits with downtown, as we have an old building,” said co-owner Grace Anderson. The store has been open for 9 years and is owned by the father and daughter duo of Charlie and Grace Anderson. The store has a variety of trendy brands such as Kensie, Tulle, MM Couture and Darling.The prices run from $10 purses to $380 dresses and just about everything in between. Ginger Michelle has Student Tuesdays, a discount day for anyone with a student card and may receive 15% off purchases.

Head Over Heels

In the same plaza as Rumor, a shoe boutique, Head over Heels, is making strides with its own drive, called Soles4Souls. This month, bring in a pair of tender used shoes and receive 20% off a new pair along with a discount card and a chance to win a new pair of shoes. In October, the store is celebrating its 5th anniversary, offering giveaways and sales. At this time students can sign up for a card to use on certain days of the week that will provide 15% discounts. Heels carries TOMS, Bamboo, Restricted, Naughty Monkey and countless others. Styles include flats, heels, wedges, and boots. Shoes can run from $25-$120 while boots measure between $50-$200.

Karats and Keepsakes

The final store on 4524 Forsyth Rd. hosts a veteran in the Macon boutique business. Karats and Keepsakes Boutique has been in Macon for the past 23 years and has been at its current location for four years. Some brands consist of Vera Bradley, BCBG, Joe’s Jeans, Free People and, coming soon, the highly-anticipated Lilly Pulitzer. “We’re from denim to dressy. It can be casual things to wear to a ballgame or to a date night,” said owner Julie Evans. Greek merchandise can be purchased from Karats in the form of jerseys, jewelry, and other chic items. All sales and events are shown on the store’s Facebook page. “Always watch the Facebook page or be placed on the e-mail list,” said Evans.

Rumor Boutique

A cool drive down Vineville Ave. also offers a stellar line-up of trendy shops.Through the month of September, Rumor Boutique has a drive called Clothes4Souls. By donating a gently worn pair of denim jeans or coat you can receive $40 of a new pair of jeans from Rumor. Denim includes AG, Paige, True Religion and William Rast. The store has events throughout the year including a storewide Thanksgiving Day sale and a Santa’s Secret Savings event in December where each day a different item is on sale. The style is contemporary casual with many collections from designers and affordable items. The store offers 15% off to Mercer students with I.D.

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