Lyndon’s, the longtime high-end women’s clothing boutique at Bradley Fair, is without the “don” of the business for the first time.
Founder Donna Preston, who named the business for herself and a one-time partner, has sold it to Camille Ogden and Julie Lair.
“She has loved high-end fashion and beautiful garments and well-made things,” says Ogden, who worked for Preston for the past dozen years.
She says Preston once told her “I would rather have one nice thing than 1,000 not-nice things.”
Ogden has been doing the buying for shoes and contemporary clothing.
Lair is a former teacher and social worker who has been shopping at Lyndon’s for more than two decades.
The store started in 1976 as Foxy Lady, a women’s lingerie shop.
Preston “realized women’s lingerie is not going to get you far,” Ogden says.
“It’s evolved a lot,” Lair says of the store, “but it’s still the same great quality.”
Prices range from $50 T-shirts to $1,200 dresses the store may carry only one of.
Ogden says the store has “great clothing that stands the test of time but yet the best fashion trends, too.”
She says she and Lair have ideas for the shop, but neither wants to make drastic changes.
“We still want to keep … the great tradition that Donna has built. I think that we’ll just build upon it maybe a little,” she says.
That includes an upcoming remodeling.
Lair says service will continue to be a top priority to offer customers.
“It’s family, too, because there are women who come in once a week sometimes.”
She says they might just sit and visit over coffee.
“It’s just a fun place to come, and that’s what we want.”