Shop Small, Shop Local with Camille et Famille

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Camille et Famille has been a part of the local retail scene for twenty-seven years, and the small town, locally-owned shop is a great place to turn out for Small Business Saturday aimed at kicking off the holiday season with purchases at local, small businesses.  With an inventory of unique boutique items, the store is the perfect place to find a one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone or to treat yourself to a holiday surprise.

Shop owner RoseMary Gange says that after twenty seven years, she still loves what she does. "We started in 1990 in Oak Park and moved to Forest Park in 2009. One of the things I have always loved about having a store is the constant connection with customers. I love the people who shop here, and I also like the idea of finding new things and keeping the store fresh."

With a mix of clothing, jewelry, accessories and home items, Gange says she aims to keep her inventory full of things that people know they can rely on, as well as something new for people to discover each time they come in. "It's always fun to see new, young designers of jewelry, scarves and dresses. People get so excited about the new lines and how things are changing."

This year, Camille et Famille has new dresses and tops from Smash, a line from Barcelona. Gange is also excited about a new line of coats from Janska.  Camille et Famille has carried jewelry designed by Patricia Locke for twenty five years, and Gange says that the line is always being updated, so she holds trunk shows twice a year to introduce new products to her customers. Many of the specialty offerings are made in the USA, including clothing lines from Fenini, Staples, and Bobeau and jewelry lines from Patricia Locke, Slyca and Rook & Crow.

For the holidays, Camille et Famille has a new line of decorative items, and the perennial favorite candles in such scents at Frasier Fir make great hostess gifts. With items as varied as Raku pottery and bejeweled earbuds, there really is something for everyone on your list.

While Small Business Saturday is always a great day for local shopping, Gange says she and her staff make it a mission to offer great service every day. They love to work with clients on personalized shopping, whether it's finding that perfect mother of the groom ensemble or pulling aside different looks for a customer to try during a scheduled visit to the store.

She credits her staff with being the support for great customer service. "I could do none of this without having an absolutely wonderful staff. They really are great with people and want to help people."

Look for Black Friday specials at Camille et Famille the day after Thanksgiving, and stop by on Small Business Saturday to experience what supporting a local business is all about. Camille et Famille is located at 7418 Madison Street in Forest Park.

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