September 22, 2023


Youth trendy style

SU student and organization husband or wife open vintage outfits retailer downtown

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Abigail Minicozzi and Michelle Pfaff didn’t even know each and every other when the founder of The McCarthy Mercantile in downtown Syracuse initially suggested that the two get the job done jointly and open up a store. Only a couple of months later on, the two ended up functioning their individual classic store in The McCarthy Mercantile called The Cherry Pit.

The vintage retail store opened in February after Michael John Heagerty, McCarthy Mercantile’s founder, put SU sophomore Minicozzi and Syracuse neighborhood Pfaff in contact. Heagerty connected them simply because he understood they were curating the very same form of style, he reported.

“Michelle’s genuinely good at internet marketing. Abigail’s pretty good at merchandising,” Heagerty explained. “They assist just about every other out in getting on the distinctive roles that are desired to make a effective store come about.”

Hagerty isn’t the only just one who agrees that the two style suppliers have gotten alongside nicely.


Though Minicozzi considered that their differing backgrounds would make performing alongside one another peculiar, the two strike it off ideal absent. Minicozzi claimed she’s thankful Heagerty recognized that Minicozzi and Pfaff would make wonderful partners in the earth of vintage indie procuring.

“I sense like we right away clicked, and all of our concepts went collectively genuinely properly,” Minicozzi mentioned. “We’re definitely pretty grateful for him for the reason that we can go to him for a great deal of factors. He realized we had the exact same intention to additional our enterprises.”

Bringing Minicozzi and Pfaff together wasn’t Heagerty’s 1st time striving to convey lesser artists into the highlight. He has operate other functions such as Sidewalk Sessions, in which distributors and musicians are able to display screen their art outside the mercantile. Heagerty always ensures that he’s offering new artists a probability to exhibit their do the job through functions like all those held by Salt City Current market.

“We’re just trying to develop a additional inclusive way to purchase dresses, Abby Minicozzi,” 1 of the founder of The Cherry Pit

Minicozzi and Pfaff seen Heagerty’s sympathetic vitality towards lesser-recognised artists by way of the activities he results in. Heagerty loves giving exceptional companies a system to clearly show their crafts, Minicozzi explained.

“I’m now a expert threat taker,” Heagerty explained. “It’s what I do, but it’s been fantastic simply because it gives alternatives for persons to come up with their brand name and develop pop-up chances.”

Pfaff arrived up with the concept for the shop when she desired to believe of strategies to thoughtfully get rid of outfits she normally impulse-buys at thrift stores. Prospects can continue to be up-to-date on outfits available for sale by pursuing the store’s Instagram, and they can sign up for garments swaps via the link in the store’s bio.

The Cherry Pit from time to time hosts absolutely free outfits swaps, which the founders stated they guidance simply because of the events’ positive environmental and fiscal effects.

“It’s a great way for folks to swap cheaply created garments to avert them from heading to the landfill,” Pfaff reported. “It’s blocking these speedy-trend dresses from ending up in the trash and providing them one particular far more everyday living.”

The Cherry Pit founders Abigail Minicozzi and Michelle Pfaff

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And whilst the garments swap is free of charge of demand — individuals deliver clothes and may select as several as they introduced — the party provides individuals a prospect to stop by and perhaps obtain goods they’d like to obtain.

Apart from its economic inclusivity, Minicozzi claimed The Cherry Pit is just as inclusive when it comes to dimensions and gender. They want all of their outfits to be handled as unisex, and Minicozzi stated that it helps make her content to see adult males stroll into the retail store and acquire blouses, skirts and dresses.

“We’re just trying to produce a additional inclusive way to get clothing,” Minicozzi mentioned.

Minicozzi described the Mercantile as a “hidden gem” because of its downstairs location at 217 S. Salina St. In the building’s decrease level, there’s a broader selection of indie stores.

The Cherry Pit is just just one of the a lot of suppliers managed by lesser-regarded artists in The McCarthy Mercantile that assistance offer a innovative space inside the community, Heagerty mentioned.

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Even with the shop only currently being a couple months old, Heagerty has discovered the business enterprise selecting up recognition and looks ahead to viewing what Minicozzi and Pfaff do in the potential.

“The Pit is an infant. It is only a few months previous,” Heagerty stated. “So to say that … they’ve developed and realized and adapted into this recognizable brand is amazing.”

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