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East Fulton shop owners to relocate to Eastown

Rebel Home & Gift is moving from East Fulton to Eastown at the end of the month.
Dann Boyles wraps a gift at the front counter

Dann Boyles wraps a gift at the front counter /Eric Tank

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What are people looking for?

"I think that people are looking for really incredible one of a kind gifts for people that they love."

Dann Boyles

 

Inside view of the current Fulton Street shop

Inside view of the current Fulton Street shop /Eric Tank

The new location at 1409 Robinson Rd.

The new location at 1409 Robinson Rd. /Eric Tank

Rebel Home and Gift, the tiny gift shop formerly known as Rebel Reclaimed is expanding. Currently sharing a space with Urban Exchange on East Fulton, they'll will be moving to Eastown at the end of the month.

"We're hoping for the first week of February to be up and running there," says Dann Boyles, co-owner.

The new location at 1409 Robinson Road is over four times larger than the current location, moving from 180 to 800 square feet.

"This place has been so jam packed and we have been at a point where we've been needing to grow for probably a year and a half," says Boyles.

Owners Dann Boyles and Chip Minor just got back from the Atlanta gift show, where they've placed many orders that will start to fill the new shop over the course of the next few weeks. They have a handful of local artists that make work for the shop as well and a popular line of Michigan products.

"I think it's hot right now," says Boyles about their Michigan line. "But it's also something that we're starting to be known for as far as our gift line is concerned. Our Michigan product goes all over the world from here."

The pair opened up the boutique at 926 E. Fulton Avenue nearly four years ago after relocating from Nashville, where they were doing antique booths.

"Our original concept was vintage with the intention of adding in letterpress paper and thrift items as we got going," says Boyles.

 Boyles is enthusiastic about the new location and being a part of the Eastown community.

"We like the culture of the weekend routine. Going to get your coffee at your favorite place. Stopping by your local shop and chatting with people you know. Picking up something that you didn't really know you needed but is going to make your life more comfortable," says Boyles.

Boyles and Minor have built up their clientele on the shoreline from doing the Allegan antique show in the summers. Both live in Zeeland.

This led them to open a second gift shop last November in Zeeland called Feather & Nest. The aesthetic differs from the bright and colorful Rebel Home and Gift.

Feather & Nest's aesthetic is "more rustic farmhouse, modern country," says Boyles.

"We love the idea that our customers come in once a week to see what's new. They become our friends as well as our customers. So we like the concept of that," says Boyles.

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