Lillywood is an adorable new boutique in Westwood. And it's one of the businesses putting this historic district on the map.
Westwood resident Julie Joseph runs the little shop on Harrison Avenue and has stocked the place with plenty of home décor items, like furniture, wall art, and seasonal decorations. The boutique is also a great place to stop in if you need gift items like candles, soaps, and lotions.
A lot of the products are handcrafted by local artisans, too. Retired teacher Dori Martz makes a line of natural soaps that fly off the shelves. There’s also a line of lotions and soaps from Rock Bottom Soap Co. made with goat milk from a farm in Kentucky. And a Westwood couple makes metal signs and magnets that prove to be popular.
“There’s nothing in the shop that I wouldn’t put in my own house,” says Julie. She runs Lillywood in addition to working at P&G. She said she initially wanted the boutique to be her retirement gig, but the opportunity presented itself early when she found vacant building space in the business district.
“I had this idea in my head of this shop that I wanted to shop at, but I didn’t think it was going to happen anytime soon.” She says. Julie signed the lease in December, and Lillywood officially opened in February.
But it isn’t just a boutique; it’s part of a much bigger economic revitalization in Westwood. The city has recently dedicated millions to invest in the neighborhood, and new shops and restaurants are popping up, including West Side Brewing—the west side’s first brewery—and Fuzzybutts Dry Goods, a pet store.
“I want to see the neighborhood revitalized,” Julie said. “And I think it has so much potential to improve the neighborhood, property values, and quality of life.”
Apart from getting to be creative and work with her love for interior design and decorating, Julie loves getting to know the people in her community through her store and seeing neighborhood pride.
“It’s a lot of work, but it’s really fun. And it’s been great. The community has been very supportive, as have the other business owners,” she said. “If it was just about me, that’s okay, but to see the whole block now blossoming, it’s really cool.”
Julie's next step is building a website to begin selling online.
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Lillywood is located at 3024 Harrison Avenue (45211) in Westwood.