It’s Virtually Possible

Progressive rock keyboardist Lisa LaRue wondered if it was possible to return to her family hometown of Muskogee, OK, and be able to continue working with her peers in Los Angeles, the UK, and elsewhere.  However, she also wanted to see one of her dreams come true, that of owning and operating a vintage clothing shop.  Somehow, Muskogee didn’t seem to be the right marketplace.

“It’s taken me several years to get my groove,” LaRue said, but because of the internet, it’s possible to continue working in music as well as serve discerning customers all around the world who collect and wear vintage and couture fashion.”

Bringing home her husband, recording artist/music producer and audiobook Director John Baker, they have found they can still travel when needed for projects, and the low overhead allows them both to have facilities that were out-of-range on both coasts.  LaRue’s shop in the small town’s historic downtown is called .stuff (pronounced Period Stuff), and specializes in vintage clothing from the early 1900’s through the mid 1980’s.

“I have regular in-store customers from New York, Dallas, Oklahoma City, and other vintage clothing meccas, in addition to online customers from literally all around the world,” LaRue explained.  “I offer not only hand picked and curated eclectic vintage and couture, but offer finding services and costuming of entire outfits for many musicians, actors, burlesque performers and just ‘discerning customers’.”

Carrying clothing, jewelry, hats, bags, shoes, lingerie and other items, out of town customers are usually pleasantly surprised at the eye for the eclectic and vintage and couture labels such as Lilli Ann, Bonnie Cashin, Carolina Herrera, Alfred Shaheen and more.  While the brick and mortar has thousands of pieces, the online shop is small and intimate, but growing everyday.

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