For several years, Sara Zamikoff, a former pastry chef, set her sights on opening a tea house. But after considering a number of shop concepts, she decided to take her vision in a different direction.
In 2007, Zamikoff founded the Emporium clothing and accessory boutique in Coral Gables.
“I named my shop ‘Emporium’ because I wanted people to look at the name and know what was inside,” she said. “I used to have a bed and bath, home and décor and baby section. It started off as an emporium and scaled down to clothing and accessories.”
Six years later, Zamikoff, 41, was recognized by the Florida Retail federation as a “2013 Outstanding Florida Retail Leader.”
Each month, she holds at least one event, but between November and December, her “busiest time of the year,” she’s planning four.
On Thursday, Nov. 7, Zamikoff will be hosting a trunk show with local jewelry designers Erica Pacey, 38, and Calu Grinfelder, 37, of Nugaard Designs.
“I love working with Nugaard. I’ve been carrying their [line] since my store’s opening,” said Zamikoff.
Nugaard Designs was started by Pacey, who has been creating jewelry since childhood.
“I would make jewelry when I was little and sell them to my mother’s friends,” said Pacey. “I took a couple of courses just for fun, but, really, I’ve been making them forever.”
She and Grinfelder, a longtime friend, have been working together for the last two years, while the company has been around for 10.
A number of the selections they’ll be bringing to Emporium will showcase their new amethyst stone. “It’s a really beautiful light green,” said Grinfelder. “[It’s] perfect for the holidays.”
Among those attending, will be Alissa Merlo, who has has been a customer of Emporium for the last three years. Two weeks ago, she purchased a beaded Heather Hawkins necklace, which she has deemed her favorite boutique acquisition, thus far. She finds the most likeable quality of the shop to be its “personable” environment.
“Sara is very attentive to all customers,” said Merlo. She knows everyone’s first names and their kids’ names. It’s just very easy shopping,”
The trunk show will be fairly casual. There will be wine, non-alcoholic beverages and light bites. It will run from 4 to 8 p.m. at Emporium, 2606 Ponce De Leon Blvd.