Yale Welcomes Clare Jones Boutique to Downtown New Haven
Yale University Properties will celebrate the opening of Clare Jones Boutique in the Chapel Street Historic District of downtown New Haven with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 15 at 2 p.m. at 1130 Chapel St.
Members of the media are welcome to attend.
Co-owners Clare L. Gordiski and Candacé R. Jones offer clothing that ranges from funky and glamorous to classic and practical, as well as one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, for women of all ages and body types.
“We want to show women that high fashion can be accessible to everyone,” said Gordiski.
Seeing the challenges of the dual lives that many women lead, Gordiski, herself a mother and fashion consultant, was inspired to join forces with Jones and create a store for the broad spectrum of women who live and shop in New Haven.
“We are focused on the needs of our customers by not only providing access to new fashion trends, but also keeping in mind the diverse shopping audience that’s here in New Haven,” said Jones, who fine-tuned this understanding through her experience as a buyer and merchandiser at other boutiques in the area.
“Providing an opportunity where lifelong New Haven resident Candacé and Clare, a working mom and Connecticut resident, can start their own business in downtown New Haven, is an integral part of Yale’s community investment program,” said David Newton, director of University Properties.
“It’s the vision and the personal touch that are brought by independent store owners like Clare and Candacé that make New Haven’s shopping experience so distinctive,” said Shana N. Schneider, director of marketing for University Properties.
Downtown New Haven, including the Chapel Street Historic District, has boutiques, award-winning restaurants, world-renowned museums and theaters.