Barb’s is back in business
Turns out, you can take the girl out of the downtown, but you can’t take the downtown out of the girl.
That’s why Barb Mushlitz is reopening her store in downtown Quincy.
The longtime businesswoman retired at the end of 2014 after more than four decades at the helm of Barb’s Place, a clothing and gift boutique that anchored the downtown for many of those years.
But Barb is back. And just in time for the holiday shopping season.
Barb reopened her popular boutique in a small store front only three doors down from the former Barb’s Place.
“I missed retail,” Barb said. “I wanted to be a part of downtown.”
After a few months away, Barb believed she still had something to offer the downtown but on a smaller scale. She’s already making plans for an expansion with the new year.
“I’ve enjoyed it and people have welcomed me back,” she said of reopening her business.
Barb opened Barb’s Place in 1972 on C Street Southwest, where Tacos Jalisco is now. She later moved to her storefront on Central Avenue South. Prior to her retirement, Barb’s Place was named the 2014 Business of the Year by the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The new Barb’s Place is relocated to 311 Central Ave. S., in a storefront that previously was a hair salon. The boutique is decorated for the holidays, with many holiday-themed gifts lining the shelves and walls. In fact, Barb’s Place will have a holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. (It is being held in conjunction with the Two Doors Down open house.)
After the holidays, Barb plans to get back to women’s accessories, greeting cards and gifts. Normal hours for Barb’s Place are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Debbie Mushlitz, Barb’s daughter-in-law and the owner of Two Doors Down, is happy to see Barb’s Place return. The boutique compliments her own antique and gift shop, she said. (Barb also started Two Doors Down.)
“I love it,” Debbie said of Barb’s Place reopening. “It has brought more people downtown.”
“I think we help each other out,” Barb agreed.
— By Jill FitzSimmons, firstname.lastname@example.org