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Our goal is to put the "fun" in functional fashion. We know that looking stylish can make your whole day better, that's why we're committed to being your source for the newest trends. We provide the clothing you love so you can focus on looking great!
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but quality should never be a compromise. No matter what you're looking for, we guarantee durability. We are committed to providing you products that are well-built and will last through the wear and tear of your day.
VELVET GRACE is a Home Decor Boutique and Style Studio located in the Village of Oswego, IL. VELVET GRACE is owned and operated by Mary Blanchflower and Nicole Menard who are both Oswego residents. After years of designing, crafting, creating, and volunteering Mary approached her friend and neighbor Nicole in August of 2014 with an opportunity to buy an existing retail store in Oswego. Together they decided that their joint vision was to create their own unique, retail store including a creative workshop … and so the journey began.
The search for the perfect location took some time. Both partners immediately agreed that they wanted to stay close and reinvest in their hometown of Oswego. Mary and Nicole researched and investigated many potential options within the Oswego limits but they kept coming back to the “Log cabins” on Highway 34. These lovely landmarks were the perfect fit for their business because of their unique appearance and location. Nestled between the hustle and bustle of box stores and the charming downtown of Oswego, VELVET GRACE’s location on Highway 34 is easy to find. Clients entering Building A, "The Velvet Grace Boutique", will find beautifully unique home décor, furniture (new and refurbished), jewelry, personal accessories, as well as unique gifts. VELVET GRACE is also a proud retailer of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®. Annie Sloan is THE pioneer in this category of paint which is effortlessly used to refinish furniture without stripping, sanding or priming. This unique chalk paint can also be used on many other décor related items.
Building B, "The Velvet Grace Style Studio" provides the perfect setting to inspire clients with the latest trends in women's apparel, fashion accessories, including: shoes, boots, handbags, jewelry, hats and much more!
Mary has lived in Oswego for over 13 years with her husband, and her 2 children. She has always been a creative soul. From early childhood she remembers drawing with her father on a chalkboard, redecorating her bedroom at least once a year, and entering art contests in school. She attended the Colorado Institute of Art to pursue her love of the arts and returned to the Midwest after graduation and landed her first job at a design studio in Chicago and then in Hinsdale. Continuing her career in the graphics industry she owned and operated a graphic design studio out of her home while raising her kids.
Nicole has been a lover of all elements of design ever since she can remember. Happening to marry a custom home builder gave her the ultimate opportunity to explore her talents. Her biggest accomplishment is raising their three boys who inspire her every day. Her design accolades include having a home on the luxury home tour, and being the lead designer for a small boutique in a neighboring town. Nicole hopes to inspire others with her passion for design and surround them with all things beautiful for the home and soul.