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Clover & Rose: a vintage boutique with a “visual language”

November 22, 2018

Cassandra Buck, owner of Gallery 24

A new shop opens off Elton Hills Drive, just in time for the holidays. Cassandra Buck, a visual artist based in Rochester, will open Clover & Rose out of her home in Northwest Rochester on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24.

Opening on the two largest local shopping days of the year, she says, was a strategic move.

“I think it’ll be great,” Buck, the founder and president of Gallery 24, said.

Clover & Rose will stock a mix of handmade goods (Buck makes jewelry and embroidery pieces), vintage clothing, and antique home decor.

“I kind of think of myself as a ‘Joan of all trades,’” she said. “I have all of these passions, so why not put them all together?”

There are several excellent home decor shops in Rochester, Buck said. But she thinks hers will benefit from a “visual language,” reflected in her choices of curated clothing and home goods, as well as art pieces.

Look for old books, wool coats, earrings, necklaces, and handbags all stocked together.

As a working artist and mother of two, Buck was looking for a way to break into entrepreneurship.

Renting retail spaces is expensive, and Buck wanted to continue making fine art, while compiling all of her side interests into the shop.

Running a small business out of her home was a way to start small, she said. And posting new hours on a weekly basis will let her keep her home life and home business balanced.

“My whole life, I’ve always done things a little bit differently,” she said.

Shoppers can check the Clover & Rose Facebook page and upcoming website for open hours, she said. Otherwise, they can call her at 507-319-4038 to make an appointment to stop by.

Buck encourages Rochesterites to shop local during the holiday rush, as well as on Small Business Saturday.

Visit the shop during four-hour windows on Friday and Saturday for shopping, snacks, and wine.

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