Kelsey Metzinger is getting ready to celebrate her seventh holiday season in Delano with Bungalow 26, a shop that sells bath and body products, eclectic home decor and jewelry.
“I’ve tracked along really well with the rest of the country,” Metzinger said of sales.
Her first two years were “phenomenal,” she said.
Then the economy tanked and hit Metzinger like most everyone else.
“I didn’t know if I was going to be in business.”
She cut back on her merchandise and focused more on her interior design work.
Today, the shop is much healthier.
Metzinger said 30 percent of her merchandise is made by local artisans.
“That’s a big draw.”
From the beginning I had a really hard-core dedication to bringing specific brands and lines … that I’d seen in big-city boutiques but that were affordable.
When you go to Kansas City or Chicago or Dallas … they’re really identified by what there is to do in a city, and shopping is a part of that.
It’s been, it seems, like a very long time since the change started happening. …The ball seems to be really rolling as far as development – retail, restaurants and business.
It’s kind of turned into this big thing. … Now people like the museums have started approaching us to be part of that.