Friday, March 16, 2012

Hello! My Name is Shopgirl Abbey

Come into Revival on a lazy Sunday, and you will meet Shopgirl Abbey, our pithy, hilarious, and sharp-as-a-tack 'Original Shopgirl.' Now a University of Iowa MFA student, she is molding young minds as a teacher in the University art department, while 'Shopgirling' on the weekends. With the store since almost the very beginning, Abbey helped to shape all the things we love about Revival; friendly service, comfortable atmosphere, surprise kitties laying around in pools of scarves.... Oh yes, Shopgirl Abbey is cat-mom to George & Roger, our famous store kitties, and also a bundle of knowledge about Revival's early, Linn Street days.

Name: Abbey

Age: 30

Hometown: Born in Toronto, grade school in Kansas City, high school in Cedar Rapids

When did you start working at Revival? What was the store like at this time?

"Early 2004, I fell in love with the store the first time I walked in. The store was much smaller but still had a good mix of new and used, although much less of new lines etc. We also carried mens as well. I would say the store still has the same look and feel as the old location except its much bigger now. The customer base has expanded greatly but there are always the friendly faces of the older customers that have shopped at Revival from the beginning."

Interests when not Shopgirling: Crosswords, watching documentaries/ reality tv, cooking...

Favorite Designer/Brand: Issey Miyake, BCBG Max Azria, Theory, French Connection

Favorite Fabric: Silk & Cashmere, of course.

Spirit Animal: A Swan-I was told that once.

Song/Band Currently Stuck in Your Head: Wes Montgomery - "The Whitest Boy Alive"

Signature Accessory: My Sperry duck bdoots. So comfortable.

Favorite TV Show: Portlandia, 30 Rock, Sherlock on BBC America

Favorite Drink/Cocktail: Bloody Mary with lots of extras. The best in town is at the Deadwood.

Current Iowa City Eats Flavorite: Basta, Banditos, Leaf Kitchen

What do you Love About Iowa City: Friendly people, good food, change of seasons

Dogs or Cats: Both, but have two cats.

Revival's famous store cats, George & Roger, who modeled for the cat print on our Revival t-shirts and totes. Come and see them sometime, they would be happy to give out a pawtograph. Look for a Shopcat survey on these two dolls very soon!

Current Beauty Product Obsession: Tiger Balm –mint, so soothing! Thymes Sugar Scrub

How would you describe your style? Simple, lots of layering, neutrals, clean lines, geometric patterns

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