FLINT TWP. — Since opening its doors in 1983, Gloria’s, Ltd., has provided customers in Genesee County and beyond with a wide selection of unique, one-of-a-kind items.
Owner Gloria Van Duyne first opened the store in a little room in a house below the Chestnut Tree in Grand Blanc and since, the business has operated in subsequent locations in Grand Blanc and the Flint area. Now, Gloria’s, Ltd., calls a space at the Genesee Valley Center, between Macy’s and Barnes & Noble, its home and continues to offer its signature line of fine stationery, gifts and boutique items.
“We love our new space,” Van Duyne said. “We have our own parking and we do not keep mall hours.”
Gloria’s, Ltd., offers a variety of merchandise, including Brighton, TrollBeads, Woof ‘n Poof, Bethany Lowe collectibles and MacKenzie- Childs.
“We were one of the first stores in the country to have MacKenzie-Childs, even before Neiman Marcus,” Van Duyne said. “It attracts people from a large area.”
Van Duyne said the store initially began with stationery, offering wedding invitations, calligraphy and addressing of envelopes. The store continues with its initial offerings, but “has morphed into a unique selection of boutique, women’s clothing,” Van Duyne said. The store also carries infant clothing and accessories, purses, women’s accessories and home accents.
Along with Van Duyne, customers are greeted by long-time employees Donna Sivosky and Terry Shegos, who does the invitations, Two part-time employees, Debbie Figioli and Zetta Pillow, also work at the store.
Since moving the store to its new location approximately one year ago, Van Duyne has seen the traffic increased at the new location.
“There’s no place like us. We get people from all over. This morning, we had a lady came from Saginaw,” she said. “We have people come from Owosso, Bay City, Lansing, Okemos and Rochester. We have a great clientele and we’ve been around a long time. We regularly hear how unique everything is.”
Gloria’s, Ltd., is located at 3401 S. Linden Rd., Suite 110. The store is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the store will be open from noon-4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, stop by the store or call 810-733-7370.