Robin Brunton suggests she is bringing a tiny taste of metropolis procuring to Ligonier with her new Onyx & Ivory Boutique.

“It has a modern-day, rustic, stylish Shadyside truly feel,” explained Brunton, who opened the shop Nov. 12 at 209 E. Most important St.

Onyx & Ivory provides a curated collection of women’s athletic don, everyday and job apparel and evening apparel. A little variety of accessories and menswear also is out there.

“The vibe is for the chic, modern doing work woman and for the stay-at-dwelling mother who enjoys manner and is however on her Zoom conferences,” Brunton claimed. “I also have cocktail dresses for women of all ages who gown up and go to the capabilities at Rolling Rock or the fort.”

As the name implies, Brunton specializes in black and white items, together with cream and tan and a smattering of bright shades.

“I desired to keep it uncomplicated, and I required a cohesive really feel,” she explained. “All the designers I use are Usa-based, and a ton of them are from Los Angeles or New York. They are not huge names. They are a lot more persons that are out there trying to make it and make names for themselves.”


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As the identify implies, the garments at Onyx & Ivory Boutique in Ligonier tends toward black, white and neutrals.


Along with bringing anything new to Ligonier, Brunton claimed, she desires to serve the men and women who walk through the doorways and the group at huge.

“I wished my store to be diverse and affordable,” she said. “I didn’t want girls to wander into the boutique and say, ‘I can’t afford to pay for that, so I can only go there at the time a calendar year.’

“This is not a earnings-pushed organization for me,” she extra. “For me, it is more about encouraging the group. How can we guidance the area neighborhood and preserve bringing individuals to Ligonier, assistance keep businesses open up? There are not several destinations out there like this that are so specific and so harmless.”

Structure bug

Brunton lives in Ligonier Township with her husband, Lance Brunton, a hand operation expert with Excela Overall health Orthopedics and Sporting activities Medication, and their 5 children, ages 9 to 13.

A previous elementary and exclusive schooling instructor, she said, “I’ve normally experienced the design and style bug. I’ve constantly experienced a mix of style and layout — you can see the whole picture, the outfits and the areas. I experienced it and I figured I could do both of those.”

When her youngsters had been all in faculty and somewhat self-sufficient, she claimed, she earned a degree in interior structure from the New York Institute of Art and Style and design.

Whilst she still does some design and style perform, she resolved that running a style boutique would function better with her children’s schedules.

“It’s a gamble, particularly just after covid and the variants and not being aware of what is heading to take place. But I assumed I’d test this,” Brunton reported. “Women are worn out of procuring online. Individuals want to try out matters on.”


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Robin Brunton of Ligonier Township is the proprietor of Onyx & Ivory Boutique in Ligonier.


Brunton utilized her designer’s eye to renovate the shop area in the circa-1800s creating, like personalized woodwork, white paint with dim accents and modern day lights fixtures. Her upcoming-door neighbor is C_Shoemaker Custom Clothier, which also opened in November and presents custom made-manufactured menswear.

“They’re complementary businesses,” Brunton claimed. “(Building proprietor Larry Breck) reported it’s a match produced in heaven.”

The work out have on has been particularly preferred with post-holiday getaway buyers.

“In January, all people hits it difficult, and females get determined to training by wearing work out clothing,” she said. “Athleisure dress in is so well-known right now. You can don it to work. Toss a pair of heels on, and you’re ready to go for the working day.”

Customers have ranged in age from an 11-12 months-aged who bought jeans to a quartet of “Golden Girls” types who went for matching coats.

“I’ve discovered that (the concept) is truly doing the job. People today are pretty receptive to the price ranges and the lines that I’m carrying, the locale and the hours,” Brunton claimed. “I’ve achieved some of the nicest folks.”

Latest several hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., even though hrs might alter sometimes according to her children’s requirements, Brunton noted.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Evaluate workers writer. You can get hold of Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .