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by Glori Gayster
Too often, shoppers find that boutiques offer one of two things: either more of the same old boring stock, or intriguing finds, but at astronomical prices. Well, there’s a new gift boutique in town. Mixellaneous, in Marlton, offers an eclectic mix of items for the home, closet, nursery and jewelry box. “I wanted to bring fun back to shopping,” says Michelle Stander, owner. “There's an experience that you should get when shopping. It's part of what women love about it!”

Mixellaneous, open since mid-May, emphasizes variety. “There is a bit of everything, from tabletop to baby gifts and everything in between, in an assortment of prices to fit every budget,” Stander says. “It’s a place to buy a great birthday gift , something special for your best friend and the perfect housewarming gift. And, don’t forget something for yourself!”

Endless Variety
Walking into Mixellaneous, customers are struck by the array of boutiques within the boutique: vignettes of adorable baby goods, house wares, apparel and toys. “In creating the experience,” says Stander, “I wanted people to walk in and not know where to look first. They should be able to browse at their leisure.”

Since Stander was the original owner of The Playing Field children’s store in Marlton for 15 years, children’s wares are a natural specialty. The “Babylicious” area is dedicated to the youngest clientele, offering clothing, bags, hooded towels and other great gifts for new parents and babies, including items starting at $10.

Of course, apparel is an important part of the mix. From Quik Silver to Butter, the selection of boys’ and girls’ clothing is fun, wearable, affordable and stylish. The 7-14 department is one of the most popular areas in the store, Stander says. “I can’t get over how many moms tell me that their daughters asked for Mixellaneous gift cards for their birthdays. It’s the divine compliment, I love when those girls come in to shop!”

But there’s plenty for women, too. Customers find a great selection of accessories and a full line of fun, stylish costume jewelry. The costume jewelry bar is filled with stylish finds ranging in price from $14-$39 There’s also the “Miss-ellaneous” section, stocked with women’s wear with a focus on casual chic, with affordable dresses, tunics and skirts and a full line of Sugarlips tanks, leggings and t-shirts in over a dozen colors.

“Domixications” is home to great gifts for every room in the house. “Whether for yourself, a friend who just bought a new home, or a hostess gift we have any number of items sure to please,” Stander says. “We have tried to be really diverse in both style and price.”

Party Planning
For her, as well as for managers Paula Zuckerman and Miriam Rivkin, the customers come first. All three share this commitment, and it has become a guiding principle for the entire staff, Stander says. “Our staff is part of why the store is so fabulous,” she adds. “Everyone that works here adds something special and unique to Mixellaneous – I am so lucky to have such a wonderful staff.”

In addition to a bustling boutique, Mixellaneous has now added parties to the mix, with six unique themes for children ages three and up. “We have had an unbelievable response to our birthday parties which we just started this past October,” says Stander. Kids will love the activities, glitter tattoo and power paint bars, and a candy buffet that comes with every party.

As the holidays approach, Mixellaneous will add ladies’ nights, kids’ events and fundraisers during the upcoming season. Tired and hungry customers can look forward to being served cookies, egg nog, hot chocolate and various other treats to keep them energized and happy while they shop. Free gift wrap will also add to a stress free shopping experience.

Mixellaneous provides something South Jersey was sorely lacking: a guaranteed, go-to gift shop for unique finds in a fun environment. Stander adds, “I want the store to be a place one goes in need of a gift, but also for those in need of some real retail therapy.”

Designers Court
947 Route 73 S., Marlton
(856) 574-4310
Monday and Tuesday 10-6 Wednesday – Friday 10-8 Saturday 10-6 Sunday 12-5

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 9 (November, 2011).
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