Jupiter boutique owner Lisa Giresi is still excited about participating in former “Real Housewives of New York” star Jill Zarin’s charity fundraiser in the Hamptons.
More than 500 guests—including other Bravo stars like Vicki Gunvalson (“Real Housewives of Orange County”) and Cynthia Bailey (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”)—attended the July 23 pop-up shop event, which benefited St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
The owner of Chic Boutique in Harbourside Place said she first received the call to attend the bash in early April. A representative for Zarin had heard about the store through its involvement with the Big Dog Ranch Rescue event at Mar-a-Lago in spring.
Giresi was thrilled about the invitation, of course, but a little shocked. The boutique just opened in February, and, as she puts it, organizers could’ve tapped any boutique in Manhattan’s trendy SoHo neighborhood to participate.
Still, she didn’t waste any time and began selecting styles, including looks from Pitusa, Trina Turk, Lavender Brown and Tori Richard, to ship to New York. The event went off without a hitch—with a romper Giresi was wearing being among one of the most popular items.
“I had to sell the clothes right off my back,” she said. “I had the last small on, and somebody bought it right off me.”
More importantly, Giresi says, she was taken aback by the support she received. Not only did most patrons know where Jupiter was, they expressed interest in swinging by the store whenever they come into town.
“They accepted us and wanted us to succeed and wanted us to do well as if they’ve known us forever,” she said.
Giresi lived in New York before moving to Palm Beach County seven years ago. Although she she says her time in the city inspired some of the styles she carries in her store, she can no longer imagine living anywhere but Jupiter.
“It’s the family environment, and I love the community,” she said. “It’s like home for us now; we’ll never leave.”
The merchandise ordered for the Hamptons event is now on its way back to Chic Boutique in Jupiter. Giresi said the store is planning on having a summer sale, with 10 percent off merchandise for back-to-school.
Check out some photos from Chic Boutique‘s pop-up in the Hamptons, below.
Vicki Gunvalson, pictured right
Cynthia Bailey, pictured left
(Photos courtesy of Lisa Giresi)