Tuesday marked the first day of summer and as the sun is (finally) shining its hot rays down on the Okanagan, it’s time to break out the summer wardrobe. In doing so you might find that last year’s collection of clothing just isn’t doing it for you anymore and you find yourself with nothing to wear. Yes, it’s time for some sunny days clothes shopping.
But before you splurge at the mall and buy a whole new closet full of garb that you’ll most likely see on someone else every time you go out (let’s face it, Kelowna shopping is limited), I suggest you take a stroll downtown to Tweaked and Yummy Vintage Apparel on Ellis Street.
Located right across from the Cannery Lofts, Tweaked and Yummy offers a wide selection of unique vintage pieces that will add a fun and bold addition to anyone’s armoire. Oh, and another reason to drop by—it’s local.
Owner Stacey Huculiak started up Tweaked and Yummy in 2009 after a lifelong dream of owning an eclectic little shop (Everything Yummy being the name of choice) featuring vintage clothing, an artist studio and a coffee shop. Stacey, along with husband Steve, had Everything Yummy in mind as a retirement plan but with the downturn in the economy, Stacey was laid off from her job and couldn’t find other work so she took the opportunity to make her dreams a reality and Tweaked and Yummy was born.
The store started out mainly as Stacey’s personal collection that she had been accumulating since age 16. The running joke was that you had to be her size in order to buy anything. As the months went on though, the stores, “buy, sell, trade” policy has widened the selection, and yes, the sizes.
Many of the pieces that come into the store don’t just go straight to the rack though. Stacey also alters many of the pieces to offer clientele one-of-a-kind vintage outfits that can’t be found anywhere else.
“I want to just give people the opportunity to be a little more open-minded than to just buy something off the rack. I find it real fun to open up the doors to creativity and help make an outfit for someone that they love because they had a part in making it better.
“It’s like that with a lot of things in life; if you take part in something then you have more pride in it,” says Stacey about her unique pieces.
The dream didn’t just stop at vintage clothing. Tweaked and Yummy also features a variety of local artists as well as plays host to a number of art shows and concerts.
“Being married to an artist, being step-mom to musicians and videographers, I just really love helping people spread their wings,” muses Stacey.
When asked what her motivation is for hosting local and touring talent: “I look at the art shows as the first baby step into the real world, only it is in a safe place surrounded by the people who love and support them.”
So whether you’re looking for that perfect summer dress or just for a new downtown locale to check out, visit Stacey at Tweaked and Yummy Vintage Apparel. Visit often as you can be sure to find great new pieces each time you pop by.
Tweaked and Yummy Vintage Apparel is located at 1292 Ellis St. in downtown Kelowna. Visit www.tweakedandyummy.com for store hours and information.
Pyper Geddes is the general manager of Habitat and an A-OK contributor.