Originally published in Compass, March 29, 2012
Boutique offers clothing at no cost
Formal wear and accessories in stock
by Jessica Brophy
With Easter nearly upon us, and prom season around the corner, many families may be looking for that special dress, suit or accessory to wear.
At some shops, prices can make shoppers swoon. In Stonington, there’s one shop that won’t.
Queen’s Closet is a boutique offering free dress clothes for special events, including proms, weddings and job interviews. The selection includes menswear, formal gowns, dress shoes and accessories like jewelry and handbags. The clothing is free for the taking. Located on the second floor of the former Stonington Elementary School in Stonington, the little shop packs in more than 60 wedding gowns, a wide array of prom gowns, menswear, formal wear for children and more.
“We’ve given out several hundred gowns,” said shop organizer Cathy Boyce. The shop, in its sixth season, is subsidized by Healthy Island Project, donations and many volunteer hours.
Donations are always accepted, and a bin resides outside the door of the shop. Donations can also be left inside the door on the first floor of the former elementary school with a tag for “Queen’s Closet.” Boyce said donations for black suits or tuxedos, prom jewelry or other accessories would be especially welcome.
For more information, call Cathy Boyce at 367-5061. The Queen’s Closet is open Monday and Tuesday, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., or by appointment.