‘It’s a girl thing’

Even dancers can be princesses.

That’s the idea in Princess Palace, a new business created by co-owners Lisa Chu and Melissa Wernet.

Located on Retsil Road, Princess Palace is conveniently adjacent to the dance studio Just For Kicks.

The theme of the store is “It’s a girl thing”.

“We have a little bit of everything,” Chu said.

Princess Palace has everything a dancer needs, but the shop caters to more than just dancers.

“We have everything a princess would want,” Chu said. “We have a great selection of items such as room decor, balloon bouquets, hair accessories, stuffed animals, dolls, toys, dress-up costumes and jewelry.”

There is also a large supply of T-shirts that can also be custom-printed at the shop.

What Chu and Wernet did was transform the building that used to be Parr Custom Design Blinds into an aesthetically pleasing store with a castle theme.

Chu iterates that the store isn’t just for little girls.

“We have teenagers that love coming in here and looking at all the stuff,” Chu said. “We also have a full-service espresso bar for parents. I’ve seen parents leave the dance studio to get coffee. Why not just get it here?”

Chu said she is one of those parents that has logged countless hours waiting as her children spend time at dance practice.

Instead of having to wait, now she helped create a store that helps that time pass by a little easier.

Though Chu and Wernet are learning as they go, they said the feedback they have received so far has been positive.

The location couldn’t be in a better spot either, Chu said.

“There are 250-plus kids that go in and out of the dance studio,” Chu said. “Whether its before dance or after dance the kids just have to stop by and see stuff.”

Chu said it’s still hard to believe she has her own business.

“This is very exciting for me,” she said. “My husband used to own Quality Tints and that was his adventure. Now, this is my adventure.”

It was the owners’ husbands that helped transform the building into a business reality.

“It used to be a nasty old cement floor and the walls were ugly,” Chu said. “Our husbands came in and gave it its castle theme. They worked really hard to clean it up.”

Chu said she centers her business hours around the peak time of dance classes at Just For Kicks.

Princess Palace is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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