It’s A Repeat! Leigh’s Voted Best Women’s Store!

For the 5th consecutive year in a row, Leigh’s has been voted best Women’s Store in Grand Rapids by Grand Rapids Magazine. We strive in making a women’s shopping experience the best it can be. For the men that come in shopping for their wives- the easiest it can be. Congratulations goes out to our neighbor at Breton Village, Fitzgerald’s for winning best mens store in Grand Rapids.

 From everyone at Leigh’s, we would like to say thank you to everyone who voted.

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If you would like to see more of the Grand Rapids Magazine ‘Best of GR’ Issue and also take a peek at Leigh’s spotlight, you can purchase the magazine locally in Grand Rapids.

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Leigh’s Best of 2016

It has been a great year for Leigh’s. We are blessed to have so many great brands and customers and would like to take this time to reflect on the year.

Top 10 moments of 2016

10.  New York Fashion Week

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9. Introducing #OOTD

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8. Beauty Week

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7. Patrick Styles Mayor Bliss for Magazine

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6. Babies Welfare Guild “Giving in Style” fashion show

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5. Welcome back Judy North!

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4. Woosh Beauty At Leigh’s

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3. UICA’s Color In Design Event

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2. Welcome Aquazzura and Carven

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1. 11th Annual Couture for a Cure Runway Event

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Thanks for spending 2016 with us! We can’t wait for an even better 2017!

Happy Holidays from Leigh’s

For all of us at Leigh’s, we like to get together before December is in full swing and for us here at Leigh’s we like to celebrate each other and the family that we have made. The Holidays are a busy time, but we always make time for each other.

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Happy Holidays from everyone at Leigh’s!

Our Favorite Looks from the AMA’s

The 2016 American Music Awards were last night.  Of course, we watched for the fashion. Music award shows always bring out bold fashion choices. Last night was all about the glam. See some of our favorites here.

 

Gigi Hadid in Roberto Cavali
Gigi Hadid in Roberto Cavalli Couture
Sara and Erin Foster
Sara and Erin Foster. J.Mendel Dress (Left)
Rachel Platten in Pamela Roland
Rachel Platten in Pamela Roland
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Chrissy Teigen in Yousef Akbar
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Zoe Saldana in Monse -Photo by Matt Baron

It’s A Repeat!

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Our team is honored that you again have chosen us as Grand Rapids Best Women’s Clothing Store 2013-14! We were so excited to receive the news…thank you! Of course, a champagne celebration was in order and once again, our toast was to you…our customers! You are the BEST and we so enjoy our time with you. You make each day fun and we love what we do because of you. As you know, our goal is to provide you the best fashion available each season along with an exceptional experience every time you visit us and we promise you the same in 2014. Cheers!

Leigh’s Makes National News!

Hot off the wire: We want to share some national holiday news with you about your favorite local retailer! Leigh’s was recently contacted by the Associated Press to be a part of a holiday business story.  It went on the national wire yesterday and we are so excited to share with you that Leigh’s is in the Washington Post, along with many other publications nationwide.  We think you will be as proud of this as we are!  Thanks for shopping locally with us; we look forward to seeing you in store this holiday season!

Small retailers plan to party till they profit to     lure shoppers from big malls during holidays
By Associated Press, Published: November 20 | Updated: Thursday, November 21, 6:14 AM

NEW YORK — The parades and carnivals that draw people to downtown areas across the country this holiday season will be more than big celebrations. They’re part of a strategy to get shoppers into small stores.

LaGrange, Ill.’s decades-old holiday festival has evolved into more of a sales promotion event in recent years, says Nancy Cummings, executive director of the LaGrange Business Association. This year’s will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, and 66 businesses have so far signed up to take part.

Stores will have open houses, with many giving customers $5 off a $25 purchase. Trolleys will transport shoppers to shops that aren’t part of the downtown cluster, and on the way point out retailers along the route. There’ll be ice sculptures outside stores to lure shoppers to the front door. And there will be the holiday standards like a petting zoo and Santa arriving on a fire truck. Shoppers will have plenty to do across the village located west of Chicago.

“We want to get people moving around,” Cummings says.

Many shoppers are familiar with Small Business Saturday, the American Express campaign to encourage people to buy from independent retailers and other small businesses the Saturday after Thanksgiving. But a growing number of chambers of commerce, small business organizations and local retailer groups hold events to persuade shoppers to forsake malls, big-box stores like Wal-Mart and the Internet in favor of local retailers. They also advertise on joint Facebook pages and recommend shoppers visit other stores in town.

SHIFTING SHOPPING

Retailers in Royal Oak, Mich., are holding a series of events that began last Friday. That night, stores stayed open until midnight and offered special prices and refreshments, much like the come-ons Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — is known for. The Saturday after Thanksgiving will be “Shop Local Saturday.” On Sundays during the holidays, many restaurants will have free meals for children. And Dec. 11, retailers will set up shop at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. There will be music, food trucks and gifts.

The efforts make a difference. Small businesses in communities with “buy local” campaigns had an 8.6 increase in sales in 2012 from the previous year, according to the American Independent Business Alliance, a network of community business organizations. In communities without campaigns, sales rose 3.4 percent. The alliance and several other nationwide small business organizations sponsor a Shift Your Shopping campaign aimed at getting consumers to do their holiday buying in their communities. The program, in its third year, now includes 150 local business alliances and 40,000 small businesses.

The economy’s plunge in 2008 prompted storeowners to create the joint events, says Gary Baglio, president of the Royal Oak Association of Retailers and owner of Five15, a gift shop.

“If someone comes downtown to buy a dress at one store, they’re going to walk about to shop at another store,” Baglio says.

GOING SOLO

Many retailers plan solo holiday events. Leigh’s, an upscale women’s clothing store in Grand Rapids, Mich., plans five parties including one Black Friday and another aimed at men shopping for wives and girlfriends. On Black Friday, the store will open at 7 a.m., and serve breakfast, coffee, juice and mimosas. Like the big box and department stores, Leigh’s will have specials, such as fur scarves that will sell for $59 instead of the usual $98.

Last year’s Black Friday party gave Leigh’s a 12 percent sales bump, says co-owner Rebecca Wierda.

“We actually had people waiting outside the door for us at 7 a.m.,” she says. Some came straight from the malls.

The Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll in Boston Dec. 12 will give Dress, a women’s clothing boutique, an opportunity to introduce itself to a new neighborhood. Dress moved to Beacon Hill in September. The event includes a tree lighting, strolling singers and horse and buggy rides.

“I don’t think we’ll see a lot of people trying on clothes,” says co-owner Martha Pickett, “but people will come in and see our store and what we have to offer.”

To view the article online, click here.

New York Fashion Week

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Cushnie et Ochs inspiration board for Spring '14 collection
Cushnie et Ochs inspiration board for Spring ’14 collection
Creative ways to get to your next appointment when you can't find a cab!
Creative ways to get to your next appointment when you can’t find a cab!
Betsy and Caroline (not pictured) at Lela Rose are our restaurant directors!
Betsy and Caroline (not pictured) at Lela Rose are our restaurant experts!
Rebecca and Deb at ABC Kitchen....their cosmos were just as tasty as the food!
Rebecca and Deb at ABC Kitchen….the cosmos were just as tasty as the food!
 
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Big Gay Ice Cream Shop!
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“The American Glob” No, you really can’t have just one bite!
Oooh...ahhhh...Starbucks Gold Card!
Oooh…ahhhh…Starbucks Gold Card!

Sometimes I just can’t believe that I am New York looking at the next season when the current season is just beginning! I love giving you glimpses into our market trips and this Fashion Week is no exception. You have been loving what we have in store right now for fall (thank you for being so supportive of our local business) and you will be over-the-moon for the spring ’14 fashion we are hand-selecting right now for you!
As you know, I like to highlight a few experiences of our trip and one that I couldn’t wait to blog about was the inspiration for Cushnie et Ochs spring ’14 collection. Designers Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs always push past the norm in inspiration and this season held true with their focus being the straitjacket. The model came out in these sophisticated, edgy looks that are so striking and then their sales director lead us to the inspiration board. I had to take a picture to show you (peek at it a second). You actually can see in the looks the similarities to the straitjacket. Would you ever in a million years think that such luxuriously modern pieces could have been derived from an association with an ugly  medical garment that is meant to constrain and bind ? Carly and Michelle are truly creative and talented designers that continue to get accolades from CFDA and dress celebrities such as Rihanna, Eva Longoria, Selena Gomez and even First Lady Michelle Obama!
We are creatures of habit and after a day of back-to-back appointments, we always like to conclude with dinner at a great local restaurant. Our Lela Rose reps take great care of us in this category (and with their exceptional collection) and always recommend yummy restaurants that are in their neighborhoods. In fact, when we walked in the showroom, Betsy had a list all ready for us…we just love her!  ABC Kitchen in Union Square was the must-dine-at winner for the evening with its local organic environmentally conscious food offering. Here’s the link: http://www.abckitchennyc.com/. We waited close to two hours for a table. And after getting up at 3:30am to catch our flight that morning, I wasn’t sure it would be worth the wait, fortunately, I was wrong. I would wait three hours if necessary….it was soooooo goooood!  They also recommended we go for ice cream to Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (you would only know about this ice cream place if you’re a local). So, we made the pilgrimage to have ice cream and both ordered the American Glob…ice cream rolled in pretzels and sea salt and then dipped in chocolate. I thought I might have to wear sweat pants the next day I was so full, but I couldn’t stop eating it. It was nothing fancy, but it was INCREDIBLE! It is a must for you, put it on your list now…you will be sending me gifts of thanks later! http://biggayicecream.com/

On our last trip we had our flight home cancelled.  This trip we continued the trend…ugh…I guess we are consistent if you want to look at it that way.  Our flight was cancelled due to weather and we couldn’t get a flight until the following night!!!  I swear I am jinxed!  Fortunately, Deb Clark our merchandise manager was also in market and so we joined her for her appointments…atleast we were productive during our misfortune!

Lots of time in market creates the need for caffeine and quick food during the day….our favorite choice while in the city is Starbucks.(Venti China Green Tips tea, please!)  Today at home when I was opening mail, there it was…..the Starbucks gold card.  I never even knew this secret club existed, but I’m feeling kinda cool and that this is the moment in which I have “arrived”…ha!  Who would have known being in the fashion business would have these type of perks!