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Urban Exchange for change: a new consignment boutique in Grand Rapids

At last, Grand Rapids has sprouted a clothing boutique that can rival those of New York and Chicago. Whether you are looking to shed your old wardrobe or fill your closet to the brim, Urban Exchange Consignment Boutique, is the place to hit. Located on the cusp of downtown Grand Rapids, this perky Boutique follows the philosophy that life can still offer rainbows in adulthood, but now the rainbow is made out of ruffle shirts, clutch bags and stilettos.

Racks of clothing fill the modestly sized establishment in bold stripes of color that create a maze of bedazzling garments waiting to be discovered. In another feat of organization, owner Stephanie Johnson has separated casual from dress attire, old from new, and has cleverly named a “garage sale” selection of marked-down items in the back. In an eclectic mix of contemporary fashions, labels such as J. Crew, The Limited and Express abound, but included in this mix are more obscure designers from unknown origins as well as items from the upper echelons of fashion.

As the former manager of Nine West, Johnson has also included a healthy selection of shoes. Sitting below each rack of clothing waiting eagerly to complete the perfect ensemble, are a pairs of cute shoes ranging from hipster flats to business kitten heels to nightclub neons. Each item in the store is unique not only in its singularity, but also in the urban chic personality of that seems to be interwoven in the fabric of recycled style.

For a store that is less than six months old, Urban Exchange is already wildly popular with more than 500 Facebook friends and press coverage from On The Town Magazine and Channel 8 News. Whether you suffer from wardrobe runoff or closet deprivation, Stephanie Johnson is the delighfully uncontested foster mother of all regenerated clothing.

Urban Exchange is located at 926 Fulton Street in East Grand Rapids.

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