New to Sudbury: Boutique owner retires after 56 years downtown

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After 56 incredible years in business, a Sudbury boutique owner has decided to retire and close her boutique.

Jan Browning will close the doors of her beloved women’s clothing and accessories boutique on Tuesday.

“We had two years of closure and it was not pleasant, it was difficult to maneuver things and then there was the situation of having stock and things like that and then the situation of not being open. for your customers,” Browning said.

She’s moved around the city a few times, but her pleasant smile and fashion sense have become a constant Sudbury women can count on.

Its trademark floral sign has hung in its current location on Durham Street for around 15 years.

Although it was a lot of hard work, she said it was also a lot of fun.

“Every year and every season, fashions changed in the ’60s and ’70s,” Browning said. “Styles changed until closing and now people are starting to dress up again and think of cute things to wear.”

“I was having a lot of fun buying things in Paris at the time on the catwalks – Montreal was really buzzing,” she added.

Browning said one of the things she was most proud of was seeing how quickly the city would adapt to changing trends, especially in a time when television wasn’t so dependent.

But it’s the camaraderie and downtown spirit that he’ll miss the most. She said she was leaving just as downtown was starting to see a resurgence.

“It won’t be like before,” Browning said.

“It will be brand new, but it will still be full of people, full of young people – there are all sorts of interesting things going on.”

“It’s a good thing to celebrate 56 years in business. I’m also an entrepreneur and that’s all I could hope for in my life. There are people to aspire to, there are people to look up to. “said Kyle Marcus of Sudbury’s Downtown ZAC.

Browning said that was an incredible 56 years, a time she wouldn’t trade for anything.

“I don’t know if I feel like it’s been more, but it’s been a very long and enjoyable journey,” she said.

Browning plans to spend a lot of time focusing on her family, her dog, and her art. No word yet on what will happen in the Durham Street space.

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