Fourth move is a charm for Picketts’ Pickett Fences

| March 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
Joane and Wiley Pickett.

Joane and Wiley Pickett.

Wiley Pickett is back at work remodeling Pickett Fences’ newest site.

“He’s building a really beautiful store,” said co-owner Joane Henneberger Pickett.

The boutique, which first opened on Larchmont Blvd. 15 years ago, is moving into the former Alternative Apparel site at 219 N. Larchmont. Opening day is expected to be later this month.

It’s the fourth move for the shop, and not one Joane had particularly wanted, but after their landlord did not renew the lease, the Brookside couple was determined to find another local spot.

“We love Larchmont so much and felt really strongly about wanting to stay here,” said Joane.

As luck would have it, a larger space opened up right across the street.

And it’s loaded with history, as it is the former home of Security First National Bank, dating back to 1929.

The bank’s original pillars and exterior lights will stay, and its vault will serve as one of the store’s dressing rooms; 100-year old wood Wiley salvaged after the Northridge quake will decorate the country general store.

Rustic double doors from the former Alternative Apparel will also stay.

The new space is larger than the last store by about 500 square feet, allowing for an expansion of merchandise, including women’s jeans and dresses, men’s and children’s clothing, accessories, gifts and housewares.

Designers and vendors will be showcased in pop-ups and trunk shows at the Picketts’ fourth location.

They opened their first store at 111 N. Larchmont, followed by 115 N. Larchmont.

Those two stores were combined in 2001.

Joane is a big fan of the area’s history and plans to frame and hang photos of the original bank. Vintage toys and other finds, including a pharmacy cabinet from her hometown in Southern Illinois, will also be displayed.

Craftsman extraordinaire Wiley will do the rest.

Meanwhile, adds Joane, “we are currently having a huge moving sale, featuring lots of clothing, lingerie, pajamas and gifts at 50 percent off.”


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