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Boutique Shopping in Lebanon’s Historic District
Photograph by Aaron M. Conway/OMS
Boho-chic bargain hunters, we’ve found your style haven: Rose & Remington, Kristen Ponchot’s eclectic Lebanon boutique. The shop, which opened last November, offers modish, contemporary clothing with a healthy dose of flowing fabrics and lace details. Ponchot (right) also owns Green Country Market—the neighboring grocery and home goods store—and was eager to bring something different to the antiques-and-collectibles-heavy mix in the downtown historic district.
“I love to dress and accessorize people. And I love Anthropologie, but it can be a little on the pricey side. So we kind of went the route of an affordable Anthropologie,” says Ponchot, a former recruiter at GE who left to pursue more creative, hands-on work.
Rose & Remington (named for her 4-year-old twins, Ava Rose and Luke Remington) carries an extensive selection of clothing styles and brands. Look for the familiar, like Free People tunics and A’reve hippy-sweet dresses, as well as lesser-known items like Flying Tomato’s wide leg pants and maxi skirts, or chevron tanks and blouses from Brendas. This versatile range means the appeal transcends age: Ponchot, who runs Rose & Remington with her mother, Dee Alexander, says they regularly see customers ages 20 to 70.
To go with the sweet threads, Ponchot offers a well-stocked jewelry bar, boasting earrings, statement necklaces, midi rings, and more from the likes of Lenny and Eva, Boku, and Sorrelli. Cosmetics—think Butter London and O.P.I., and TokyoMilk hand crèmes and eau de parfum—are tucked into nooks around the store. The home goods corner overflows with bits of rustic kitsch: owl-shaped ceramic cooking utensils, appliqued throw pillows, and license plate–framed mirrors.
Ponchot debuted a lingerie section in May, which offers bras, panties, and corsets—“nothing burlesque,” she says—as well as a new jean bar and shoe corner. She’s also proud of the store’s plus-size offerings, which she plans to expand. “There aren’t curvy boutiques out there,” she says.
“I mean, there are online, but I don’t know of one [actual shop] that sells curvy, stylish clothing.” And the price is right, too, with goods costing 20 to 30 percent less than at larger stores with comparable items, says Ponchot, luring customers from Mason, West Chester, Cincinnati, and Dayton. Go forth and get dresses.
Good to Know: Ponchot also sells a line of self-designed tees and tanks inscribed with quotes about strength, and she donates 100 percent of the proceeds to the Warren County Abuse and Rape Crisis Shelter.
Originally published in the July 2014 issue.