BY JOSEPHINE OLGE
BROWSING SANDY'S BOUTIQUE
Sandy’s Boutique, nestled just off Washington Street in downtown Ann Arbor, invites customers into a bright, colorful space with matching garments.
Upon walking in, I was immediately drawn to the athletic wear. Displayed in front of eye-catching butterfly wallpaper was an array of activewear brands. Bandier, one of many brands carried by the store, was incredibly appealing with its use of color-blocking to generate eye-catching workout tops. The selection showed a wide variation of styles and clothing types. From checkered patterns to muted tones and flared leggings to tennis skirts, I appreciated the variety of options.
The other half is dedicated to casual wear, and as a graphic tee enthusiast, I beelined for the Project Social band tees. After making my way through those, I pieced through various blouses, dresses, and bottoms, the general vibe of which fell from basics to business casual. I also discovered some adorable bomber jackets perfect for the incoming Michigan chill. Towards the back of the store is a rack dedicated to loungewear. Sweatsets galore- I was in heaven (loungewear happens to be my self-dictated uniform for classes in the fall and winter). Sweaters can be found on a table between athletics and casual wear. My personal favorite was a collared cream one with stitches and stripes, emanating a very relaxed and preppy feel.
Featured in the center of the store is the table dedicated to Umich game day gear. Maize and Blue athletic sets, scrunchies, hats, and even jewelry are available. Draped over the displays are “Support Day Drinking” blue and white trucker hats perfect for tailgating.
Finally, in a well-lit alcove at the front of the store, an array of accessories is thoughtfully laid out by the display windows. The jewelry hanging in this area of the story is primarily lightweight, with many gold and colorful pieces. On the opposing side, large quilted totes line the shelving. Above them, active accessories are featured, such as ankle weights and workout bands.
After shopping at Sandy’s, it’s clear that the Boutique’s target audience is active, fashionable, and driven by women. Just like the owner describes her grandmother, the store’s namesake, Sandra Kane, “Nanny,” turned 90 this year, and her granddaughter, Jill Greco, has pursued this Boutique with Nanny’s attitude towards life and womanhood in mind.