Given the slip

Long­time busi­ness mov­ing out of Con­fed­er­a­tion Court Mall

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - BY MAU­REEN COUL­TER mau­reen.coul­ter@the­ Twit­­reenEl­izaC

Lady Slip­per has been op­er­at­ing in the Con­fed­er­a­tion Court Mall for 30 years.

The store’s owner was re­cently given 30 days to va­cate the premises.

Deb­bie Matthews, owner of Lady Slip­per, re­ceived a no­tice let­ter to leave the mall by the end of July. She says there was no men­tion in the let­ter as to why she had to move.

In­stead of let­ting it get her down, though, Matthews is view­ing this as an op­por­tu­nity.

“I’m done with that and I’m mov­ing on,” said Matthews.

“It’s just go­ing to be a fun, a dif­fer­ent busi­ness with­out the pres­sures of be­ing in a mall with mall hours.”

While she’s not ready to re­veal where that new lo­ca­tion will be, Matthews says it will still be within the Char­lot­te­town area.

“It’s go­ing to be beau­ti­ful,” said Matthews. “We are not go­ing to be so much all things to all peo­ple. We are go­ing to fo­cus on the com­modi­ties that we do ex­tremely well in.”

This in­cludes spe­cial oc­ca­sion dresses, ac­ces­sory items and, of course, the bras, she said.

“We are the only ones who do bra fit­ting and we have brands that are avail­able nowhere else.”

The Lady Slip­per clien­tele is not just from P.E.I., but also in New Brunswick and Nova Sco­tia.

“We know that we have some­thing that just re­ally isn’t read­ily avail­able in ev­ery store through­out the Mar­itimes,” she said.

“We will con­tinue on with those things. We will prob­a­bly be much more bou­tiqish than we have been in the past.”

Matthews said the shop will in­clude some­thing ex­tra, bring­ing in a new part­ner­ship to the store, but it’s too early to an­nounce this col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“I have 42 years ex­pe­ri­ence in re­tail and then the per­son who is com­ing in with me is young and fresh and full of great ideas,” said Matthews.

“We are a per­fect fit and we are go­ing to en­hance each other’s busi­ness and we are both ex­cited about it.”

Matthews is giv­ing her staff the sum­mer off while she works in the back­ground plan­ning for the new shop.

“We are go­ing to be in a bet­ter lo­ca­tion for my type of busi­ness and I’m quite OK with it … It’s just part and par­cel of the process that goes on in entrepreneurship.”


Pic­tured are staff and the owner of Lady Slip­per, from left, Florence Drake, Coleen Kelly, Rita Ram­say and Deb­bie Matthews.

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