On Saturday, Feb. 15th Rumors is hosting a Galentine's Day pop-up from 12-5 p.m. This event will feature several local vendors from the Triangle that are all female-owned.
Vendors include Wonderpuff, which will be hand-spinning atypical flavors of vegan and organic cotton candy such as guava and mango, and Blossom and Bones Florals, a BYOB (build your own bouquet) business that operates out of a vintage truck. Taylor Street Sweets will have an assortment of vegan treats, Boro Beverage will be brewing local kombucha and Bonafide Jewelry will offer an assortment of handmade jewelry.
Rumors is a thrift store that buys, sells and trades pre-owned clothing. Casey Longyear is one of the store's founders. She and her best friend opened the first Rumors location in Richmond, Virginia 13 years ago, and opened the second location in Chapel Hill in 2013. The thrift store is self-funded and female-owned.
Rumors, a Chapel Hill boutique, aims to empower woman-owned business in the area with its Galentine's pop-up shop, where local vendors like Boro Beverage and Bonafide Jewelry will gather this Saturday from 12-5pm.
Longyear said she strives to host events that support local small businesses since she struggled to find support when opening her own business.
“We didn't feel that much support when we started as young women. People kind of doubted us a lot," she said. “So, I just try to offer opportunities to encourage other small business owners as much as possible.”