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Biz Buzz shares tri-state business information. In addition to this update from Elizabeth, Illinois, we will share additional developments in Tuesday’s edition.
A boutique that primarily sells vintage clothing has moved from Galena, Illinois, to a larger space in Elizabeth.
The Trip Galena now has space on the third floor of Elizabeth’s Grand Antique Co., 300 West St. The shop retained its moniker even after the move.
The business started two years ago as an online clothing store run by couple Galena Chris and Van Donovan. They had a booth at Galena Antique Mall last year before moving into Elizabeth’s space.
The couple also offer vintage accessories and homewares, although their boutique mainly focuses on clothing. The items date from the 1880s to the early 2000s, but the Donovans focus on items from the 1960s and 1970s.
“For me, part of my mission here is that I really want to encourage people in the Dubuque, Galena and Elizabeth area to be really creative and experimental in how they dress,” Chris said. “Part of what we do at The Trip is to make it accessible to people.”
She said the idea for a boutique came after she and Van met five years ago and discovered they both had large collections of 1960s and 1970s clothing.
“It’s a natural progression when you’re a collector, and your collection gets bigger and bigger,” Chris said. “You have to make it durable and you start passing on your collection.”
The couple now enjoy connecting with others who share the same love of vintage items, something that will continue in the new location. Van said the Elizabeth Antiques Mall had about 200 vendors.
“There are a lot of pedestrians,” he said. “Elizabeth Antiques Mall is in a truly amazing location. We’re just thrilled there’s so much more to do there.
With the move, The Trip Galena will be closing its space at the Antique Galena Mall at the end of the month.
As the couple settle into their new store space, they hope to continue to fill a void in the area for other vintage clothing enthusiasts.
“There are big stores a few hours away, but nothing very close,” Van said. “We are trying to fill that niche.”
The Trip Galena is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, the same hours as Elizabeth’s Grand Antique Co. The Trip Galena can be found online at facebook.com/thetripgalena and on Instagram @thetripgalena.