In an interview in January, 2013, December Brewster, American Pi floor manager said, “We hope that American Pi can help Dayton grow and we’d also like to expand one day.” Well, that day has finally arrived and their dreams came true. Not only did owner, Danielle Fritz just expand the Dayton store on St. Clair Street, she has expanded to the Lebanon area.
"An amazing opportunity was given to us," says Danielle Fritz, CEO of American Pi. "A successful consignment boutique owner, Kelly Gabbard, was ready for the next chapter in her life. While we were not actively looking for another location we could not pass up the opportunity to take over such an amazing space and a boutique with our same 'vibe'."
After taking advantage of Downtown’s revitalization project, American Pi began their journey and opened for business in April 2012. Since then, its philosophy of buying American-made products has customers wanting more. Its urban chic and hip merchandise brings youth and American pride back to the Dayton area and hopes to do the same in the Lebanon area. With the expansion, not only will American Pi offer the usual favorites in household goods to candles, it will also dive into American-made shoes and clothing, especially denim.
Owner, Danielle Fritz’s passion to buy American-made USA made labels, shopping locally and inspiring others in the community has made a huge impact on the “buying USA products” movement.
“We hand-picked and sourced all our apparel for its on trend and Unique designs. We shop directly from independent designers located in fashion districts through America. Our merchandise changes every week. Each Monday, we email a survey to our clients to vote on styles, cuts and colors. With their help, we can better pick what will be sold in our Downtown Dayton store. Best part of all, they are all made in the USA,” said Autumn Brewster, Fritz’s daughter.
What inspires American Pi in their purchases? It’s simple:
Story+History+Demand+Supporting Manufacturing= Simple Success
“We have partnered with many local companies to bring their goods to consumers. Some of the new companies we are working with are Life in Letter, Winans Chocolates and The American Clothing Company. The theme will remain the same: if it’s made in the USA, we will carry it,” continued Autumn Brewster.
The Fritz/Brewer family is thriving in their success and dream of expanding to multiple locations throughout the Dayton region. “We plan on targeting areas that are attempting to rebuild. We are looking for similar programs like activated spaces. We feel that if our brand is popular then it can be a real boost to revitalization projects in other communities because of how we can leverage our already existing client base from our sister store, Centerville Coin & Jewelry, and we proactive about sharing our American Pi project with them,” said Autumn Brewster.
American Pi decided to incorporate some of Kelly Lane’s most popular products such as Serket Jewelry and Reclaimed Luxury.
Be inspired by what it means to be American. Support the “Made in the USA” cause and visit American Pi during their ribbon cutting ceremony on October 24th at 5:00 p.m.