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Christy Fleming
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The managing editor of TownSquareDelaware.com, Christy Fleming also supports a variety of non-profit initiatives in Delaware. Her background includes positions in public relations, advertising and journalism.

Beauty and skin care retailer Houppette opened their doors today with a fresh new look to their new location on Kennett Pike.  The retailer can now be found at One Greenville Crossing, near to the UPS Store and the Delaware Running Company in the old pilates studio space.

The new store is larger and brighter, with a light pink color on the walls, tall mirrors topped with filigree, and sleek white cabinetry and display tables. The store also mixes old traditional — an antique sideboard was discovered at Habitat for Humanity, other pieces were found at flea markets and consignment shops —  with modern touches.

The wallpaper with rich, pink roses behind the cash register, which Miller found at Ricciardi Brothers Paints in Trolley Square, was the jumping off point for the design. Miller’s friend Ellen Catanzaro designed fabrics for the chairs. Catanzaro is an artist who showed her work recently at the Coco Gallery in Powder Mill Square.  

“I just wanted this store to be brighter and fresher. Our name is Houppette, which means powder puff in French. So I just wanted to take that vibe up a notch and give it that European, Parisian flair with a little bit of modern touch,” said Miller.

Houppette enjoyed 17 years of business in Powder Mill Square. But owners Cristi Miller and Elizabeth Johnson wanted to expand the product offerings and add a wellness component to their business, which required more space.  The new space is about a third larger than their previous location. 

In addition to a few new product lines, Houppette is offering new services, including hydro facials and other spa treatments. “We have had a lot of requests from clients to do more services with our skin care products.”

Their new focus on wellness includes sleep aid products, nutritional supplements and an organic toothpaste line, Le Bon, from France. Miller says the natural ingredients in the toothpaste act like fluoride which protect enamel and has enzymes to help whiten teeth.

The skin care line Kindred, which is made by local chemist Frances Thrasher, is developing a special face peel mask for Houppette which the retailer will use in their facials. “The Kindred product uses bee propolis that’s harvested from my own beehives. So we’re so excited about that,” said Miller. 

“In keeping with the whole French theme, we hope our store exudes femininity and perhaps reminds our clients of a boudoir. We really just wanted to have a little fun with this new location,” said Miller.

 

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