When Kristin MacLean got sick of shopping online, she did something about it. After two years of planning a way to share her love for everything “punkabilly”, she’ll open Riot Pixie Boutique this summer at Paddler’s Cove, overlooking Lake Banook. The feisty little shop will sell clothing that’s “’40s and ’50s style with a little bit of ’90s grunge”, accessories and quirky housewares.
“I’ve travelled across Canada four or five times and finally settled in Dartmouth in 2001 and fell in love with the arts and music scene here—and have a huge love of anything punk and rockabilly,” says MacLean of her inspiration. “My children are older now and I wanted something to put my all into and concentrate on.” Her boutique—which she hopes to open in early July—will carry brands like Too Fast Apparel, Sour Puss Clothing and Darkside Clothing, but MacLean hopes to get local artists and designers onto her shelves, too.
“I also want to use my space to help the community and give back,” she says, adding that she’s already thinking of ways to support local charities. MacLean hopes to make a few appearances in Dartmouth and Halifax via pop-up shops before opening her doors this summer, the first one taking place at Lola & Odin on a TBA date. Follow her for details.