Meet the Staff of The Little Shoebox, Part II

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Last week, we met half the staff at The Little Shoebox, the Ruxton shop that carries a thoughtful selection of shoes, scarves, jewelry and other items that make great gifts – for others or for yourself.

One of the charms of shopping at locally-owned boutiques like The Little Shoebox is interacting with people who live in the community and love what they’re selling. Owner Emilie Blaze works alongside a small group of friendly, chic women who love everything about the shop and the products they sell.

Here, we talked with the rest of the staff about what they’re buying for others (and themselves!) this holiday season and what they love about their work:

Jenny Murray

jenny head shotJenny has worked at the store for three years and she thrives on helping customers find that special something. “It is so rewarding to see clients leave the store happy to have found the perfect purchase,” she says. “Something that looks great on them.”

What will you be buying from the shop this season?

I purchased the long linen pearl necklace and it has become a go-to piece. It can be worn long or short and works with any outfit.

Which shoes in the store are your favorite?

My favorite shoes in the store are the Luchesse cowboy boots, handmade in Texas and Mexico. I own three pairs and wear them constantly – they are instantly comfortable. They have no break-in period and look great with skinnies, leggings and dresses.

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If a man comes in looking for a gift for his wife, girlfriend or mom, what do you recommend?

If a man wants to buy a gift for his wife and isn’t sure about shoes, I direct him to our gorgeous Loeffler Randall handbags or our beautiful handmade lariat-style jewelry by in2 design.

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What’s the best thing about working for The Little Shoebox?

The best thing about working for Little Shoebox is our customers! I love it when clients come to our beautiful store and ask for help picking the perfect shoe or accessory for an outfit or special occasion.

 Sherri Snyder

Sherri head shotSherri has been working at the store for about a year and a half and she can’t get enough of the boots and shoes – or the jewelry and accessories.

What gifts will you be buying from the shop this season?

I will be buying a bunch of hostess gifts this year from The Little Shoebox. I love the Pine Cone Candles and light-up Christmas trees.

I’ve already bought some beautiful Marlyn Schiff earrings and bracelets for some friends, we well. And I have been eyeing gorgeous Zsa Zsa earrings for myself!

Which are your favorite shoes in the store?

I always love our all-weather boots but right now I am obsessed with the resort stock we’ve been getting, especially the Butter and Kate Spade shoes. Love! Every day, I come into the store and there are new beautiful items.

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If a man comes in looking for a gift for his wife, girlfriend or mom, what do you recommend?

When a man comes in looking for a gift for that special someone I ask what her taste and style is and then we go from there.  Shoes can be tricky although we do have men who come in and buy shoes for their wives or girlfriends.  We have so much lovely jewelry, beautiful fur infinity scarves, purses and so much more that any man is sure to find a ton of stuff for the lucky lady.

Otherwise, I would lead the men toward our accessories. It’s so hard to choose a shoe when it has not been tried on because each designer and style is different. We have a TON of jewelry and handbags, and hats scarves, gloves. It would be almost impossible to not find a great gift. 

What’s the best thing about working for The Little Shoebox?

The best thing about working at The Box is the customers.  I love when a person who has never been to any of the Ruxton shops comes in and leaves saying, “I can’t wait to come back!”  I also love the ladies I work with.  We all get along so well and we enjoy being together outside of work.

Laura Johnson

laura personLaura is the newest addition to The Little Shoebox team – she joined a few months ago. “I am the newest addition to the staff and I love it,” she says. Laura spent years working at the nearby shop J.McLaughlin and knows many of the customers.

What gifts will you be buying from the shop this season?

The Little Shoebox has the BEST gifts for this holiday season! My favorites are the little cosmetic cases with photos on them. Or the gloves with the texting fingers or my most favorite are the chic plaid wraps to keep you warm. Perfect!

Which shoes in the store are your favorite?

I have many favorite shoes. I love the little black booties by Kanna. We have tons of short black boots, but I think these are the cutest. They look very “Chanel-ish.” 

laura booties

Another favorite are the Betty by Betty Mueller black pony hair pumps – so fun for all the holiday parties!

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If a man comes in looking for a gift for his wife, girlfriend or mom, what do you recommend?

The best gifts for women are either one of the gorgeous selection of scarves or wraps we have, or the ultimate furry bedroom slippers. Or, a gift certificate is always a smart idea!

What’s the best thing about working for The Little Shoebox?

The best thing about working at The Little Shoebox is the amazingly wonderful group of women who work there. And of course, seeing and selling the many beautiful and varied styles of shoes we have!

Lindsay Gallagher

Lindsay head shotLindsay Gallagher has worked at the shop for three and  half years; in addition to the shoes, she loves spending time with both the customers and her co-workers.

What gifts will you be buying from the shop this season?

Warm scarves, Seda France candles and Sonya Rene earrings.

Which are your favorite shoes in the store?

My favorite shoes are the Pollini black suede pumps studded with many different brightly colored stones.

lindsay's favorite shoe

If a man comes in looking for a gift for his wife, girlfriend or mom, what do you recommend?

First, I would always recommend a beautiful shoe. But second, the soft and warm rabbit infinity scarves, or one of our many attractive handbags. And a gift card is always appreciated!

What’s the best thing about working for The Little Shoebox?

I truly love helping our wonderful customers find the perfect shoe – as well as working with a very dedicated and fun-loving group of chic women!

To meet Jenny, Laura, Lindsay and Sherri – and shop fabulous shoes and accessories – visit The Little Shoebox at 7625 Bellona Avenue in Ruxton. For more information, call 410-825-3191 or visit The Little Shoebox Facebook page.

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