We have some seriously kick-ass neighbors. We’re planted in an awesome area full of locally owned stores and we’re lucky enough to call most of them friends! We caught up with Frances Vintage and chatted about how they got their start, why they love their community, and what goes on behind the scenes of this sweet little shop.
Georganne Bryant, the owner of Frances/Smeeks is a native Arizonan who always had a dream of owning her own shop. After much encouragement from friends, Georganne took the plunge in 2006 with Frances Vintage.
This charming shop fits many different aesthetics and has a wide range of prices on the interesting and unique treasures which are carefully curated in the store. Frances sells clothing, toys, home goods, and oddities for women, men, and children. Many of the pieces are made by local designers and even more have great stories behind them like the jewelry from the Shine Project or the bowties from Dapper + Dash. You can find Frances at their home store on Camelback and Central in Phoenix as well as in The Union at Biltmore Fashion Center.
In your opinion, what are the must-have fashion items?
You have to have your staple items that you feel awesome in. Your go-to pair of boots, a great dress, or your perfectly worn-in jeans. You should always wear something that makes you feel great about yourself.
What are three things everyone should know about Frances?
1. We celebrate unique style and women of all ages and sizes.
2. All of the ladies who work at Frances are not just employees, they are part of a family.
3. On everyone’s anniversary the ladies in the store write their “top 10” favorite things about that person. It’s a total celebration of love and one of their favorite traditions.
Who are you inspired by?
You work with some awesome local vendors that have some equally awesome stories. What is your favorite?
We carry a line of local jewelry from a company called Shine Project. The owner is this incredibly passionate gal and the business has such an incredible cause. She gives scholarships to kids who are, for the most part, the first person going to college from their families. She employes these kids while they’re in high school and they make the jewelry which raises money to send them to college. It’s just such an awesome premise. She saw a need for support for under-privileged high school kids and took action–we love that!
You’ve just moved over to The Union and are making a space for yourself in a larger community. What’s next for Frances?
Our next big goal is to find more ways to get involved in our communities. We’ve loved being over at The Union because it’s given us the chance to meet so many new people. We’ve always had a passion for our customers and our space in Phoenix so we love giving back. We host workshops in the store that bring together local artists and customers for a night of learning and fun. We’re really looking forward to some other events we’ve got coming up. This month we’re hosting a One Day Without Shoes event and in May we’ll be having a ton of fun for our Anniversary Weekend. We can’t wait to see what’s after that!