Just ask Ricki Peltzman.
Ricki is the owner of the Washington D.C. based boutique, Upstairs on 7th.
No, it isn't located on 7th street nor is it upstairs. While the name may not make sense to most, it does to Ricki's loyal following of clientele.
The boutique was founded 11 years ago in a small space, upstairs, on 7th St NW. It's since moved around the block a few times but the name remains.
How did we find it?
During a recent meeting with a client, she casually mentioned a conversation with a friend who attended an event there. While in the midst of research for a large scale retail project, we decided to google it and found ourselves intrigued...the website was nothing to get excited about but the concept was certainly unique...but how does something so small stay alive if giant retailers like Macy's, Lord & Taylor, and J.Crew struggle to stay afloat?
So I pick up the phone, dial the store, snag Ricki, and ask for an interview. She graciously agrees and we plan our visit.
Monday afternoon my client and I headed to Upstairs on 7th which is located at: 1299 Pennsylvania Ave NW.
We park and begin wandering around the streets...no sign of the store but the GPS says we are here...
Our new retail and shopping feature!
While working on a large scale retail project with a client, I decided this would be a great venue to share some of the fascinating things I am learning while working on this assignment and exploring todays retail economy.
We are introducing you to Ricki Peltzman, owner of Upstairs on 7th. A unique, luxury boutique in Washington D.C.
The tips and tricks from Saks Fifth Avenue's top Washington D.C. saleswoman.
Find out how she does it year after year and what sets her apart.
(Spoiler alert: she sells menswear so we will also be touching on the hottest mens trends for 2018)
The National Retail Federation's Big Show & Expo!
The event takes place in New York City - January 14-16.
We can't wait to get the inside scoop!
Speakers include Tommy Hilfiger, Ariana Huffington, Marne Levine, and many more.
We hope you find retail as fascinating as we do and will join us on this journey!