New shopping concept catches on in area

by Kara Hildreth
and Tad Johnson
Thisweek Newspapers

The trend of occasional sale shopping is something that is catching on south of the river.

Lillians in Farmington and Haupt Antiek Market in Rosemount are two examples of area businesses that have event sales.

Lillians purse and accessory shop in Farmington offers “occasional sale” shopping and opens its doors on the second Thursday through Sunday of the month in the downtown location at 344 Third St.

With 18 Lillians shops throughout Minnesota and growing with a total of
23 Midwest shops, Buffalo, Minn., female founders found a niche with
occasional sale shopping.

Lillians began expanding the franchise in July 2008 and the Farmington location is marking its first-year anniversary.

“With any business, it is getting people to know we are out there. We
hope to touch the lives of so many women who want to stay current with
trends in fashions,” said Ronda Rath, owner of the Farmington Lillians.

“Our stores offer the personal service that we give our customers on
occasional sale and the diva parties offer something beneficial and
something women enjoy,” said Rath.

Scheduled diva parties provide pampering for hostesses and friends and
give an in-store hassle-free location that gives women a place to
socialize and network. Personal beauty services such as eyebrow waxes,
hand massage and chair massage are part of the evening diva parties.

Lillians shop will be open the Saturday after Thanksgiving and on Saturday, Dec. 6.

Men’s Night for gift shopping will be Thursday, Dec. 18 from 4 to 8
p.m. where men can purchase gift certificates and get professional
assistance for shopping for the women in their lives.

Haupt Antiek Market, located on the corner of South Robert Trail and
Lower 147th Street, grew out of the need for Deb Haupt of Eagan to
reclaim the family’s garage.

Seven times a year, the Haupts had been having garage sales with local items and some treasures sent back from a European trip.

After locating their business at a house in downtown Rosemount in March
2003, the Haupts had their first two sales in May 2003. It later
expanded into the Carriage House, a garage located behind the house,
and to the nearby Guest Haus.

Haupt says she now has thousands of people on her mailing list.

“It is really satisfying,” she said. “It’s been a good response.”

Upcoming sales and their themes are slated: Nov. 13-16 for an Olde Time Christmas and Dec. 4-7 for Angels & Evergreen.

For more information, go to their Web site at .

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