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Colonial Collectibles: Women in business

Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 5:16 pm

Gifts are something we all have to buy. Some of us are great gift givers while others of us are not so much but we try.

Colonial Collectibles is a shop that is trying to make us all great gift givers. With everything Northern Neck, you can imagine it is the perfect shop to buy a gift for that not-so-easy to buy for friend or family member.

On top of the gift shop side Colonial Collectibles also has a boutique clothing store that features pieces from various Southern companies. Hannah spoke of how they decide on what clothes to carry, “We go to different shows, like Atlanta, and purchase one or two items that I love from different designers.”

Opened in 1991 by Sandra and Julie Christopher the shop sits on the main road through Warsaw. Sandra is Julie’s Mother-in-Law. The two women got along well enough to  not fit the standard in-law jokes as they worked together in their shop until Sandra retired in 2015.

Granddaughter to Sandra and niece to Julie, Hannah Sisson Parker, bought into the company in 2015 shortly after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University., but even before that she worked in the store as a buyer.

According to Hannah the business has evolved from a more quintessential Southern woman gift shop to one that caters to more ages and a wider range of products while still keeping some of the required Southern woman items.

They do personalized monogram decals for cars and cups in vinyl. Hannah said they are expanding their monogram business as they have recently purchased an embroidery machine to work on clothing and linens. Even in the north of the South in Virginia every woman knows how important your monogram is.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northumberland Echo 3/6/19

Julie Christopher, Sandra Christopher, and Hannah Sisson-Parker

are the muscle behind Colonial Collectibles.