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Goodbye Sweet Relish, Hello Olive & Lizzy

Maplewood gourmet shop will morph into clothing store; set to open early September.

 

The short but sweet life of , the gourmet store Mary Vayas opened in Maplewood Village this spring, has come to an end.

That's the bad news. The good news is that Vayas will soon open a clothing and accessories store in the same space (163 Maplewood Avenue) called "Olive & Lizzy." The shop will offer clothes, bags, jewelry, scarves and shoes, as well as some beauty products. It will feature such brands as Free People and Lucky Brand.

"It's for the 'chic fashionista'," said Vayas. "The style will be very girly."

Sweet Relish launched only three months ago, but Vayas said she knew the concept wasn't working the way she had planned.

"Customers wanted prepared foods and coffee, but I don't want to hurt other businesses in town (that offer those)," said Vayas. 

Vayas also owns , as well as  and the  chain with husband, Angelo. "This will be a joint effort with No. 165," said Vayas, who noted that 165 will continue to carry more "mature" women's clothing.

On a recent afternoon, workers were busy repainting the store and getting it ready for its anticipated opening the week after Labor Day.

yusuf August 29, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Alchemy Hour already does this. I thought Vayas didn't want to hurt other businesses. Not sure there is enough demand in our small town for more stores catering to such a niche customer, who generally don't have a lot of funds to blow on expensive brands. good luck!
Linda Floyd August 29, 2012 at 02:35 PM
What a disappointment! That store was an original and I shopped for gifts their regularly. Won't a clothing store compete with their own 165, not to mention Alchemy Hour and Perch? Such a shame, finally something unique and the owners pull out.
Scott Briggs August 29, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I am sure the owner's are only doing what they need to do in order to survive in this tricky economy. We need more unique venues - the rest of the world is so 'cookie-cutter' - like the ones they have created and I wish them much success with the new venture. BTW - when is someone going to open that really great coffee shop near the center of the village? Able Baker is great, but the wrong location for train commuters IMHO.
Barbara Heisler August 29, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I appreciate the Vayas' commitment to Maplewood Village. Their shops and restaurants add to the town.
Chamie Baldwin Graff August 29, 2012 at 05:18 PM
can we please, oh please, have a bakery? fresh bread? homemade cakes? anyone?
Carolyn Maynard-Parisi (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Chamie: Able Baker on Maplewood Ave. sells homemade cakes, cookies, scones, etc. Crane's at Highland Place and Arturo's both sell fresh bread in the Village. On Ridgewood Road, Cupcake Corrall offers baked goods, and on Springfield Ave. there's Edo's Cakes.
Richard Murphy August 30, 2012 at 11:52 PM
how about adding a shop that we don't have. something else beside a nail salon, bakery, restaurant, clothing... something different
Nat September 02, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Can someone open a Gap or a real chain store? Clearly the mom and pop concept doesn't work when run by people who are inexperienced at driving customers to a successful business. I'm tired of seeing empty store fronts up and down Springfield Ave. and the high turnover of stores in the village. Our neighboring towns of Mulburn, S. orange and even Irvington have bustling downtowns with thriving businesses that are a mix of chain and local owners and it works. imagine how much tax revenue the town would get with a dunkin donuts in the village or a banana republic on springfield. There's no reason Springfield ave doesn't look like downtown Wesrfield. We have plenty of empty space. Tried and true businesses that people are familiar with are welcome!
Michael Collings September 02, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I'm sure no big chain store would move to Springfield Ave. it's a dump. I lived in Maplewood for 26 years and Springfield has always been a dump.
Meghan September 02, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Michael not sure when you were on Springfield Ave last but they have done a lot of work to make it not look like "a dump" as you put it. It's NEVER going to be the village but it's much better now.

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