Among merchants on Sugar House's retail walk, Solissa's Boutique stands as one of the city's most unique women's clothing stores. The boutique caters to shoppers looking for original pieces with fairly-priced and high-quality clothing, shoes and jewelry.
Very unique to the boutique are vintage recycled tye-dye slips shop owner Solissa Weldon sews herself.
A year round staple, they can be paired in summer with sandals, or over leggings in winter. Lace adorning the hemline adds a little extra pretty when peeking out beneath a top layered skirt.
Solissa has been in the industry for several years; when she was 17, she forayed into fashion at Jumping Jack Flash, a New York boutique specializing in styling bands like Kiss, The Rolling Stones and The Allman Brothers Band. Upon moving to Los Angeles and working at famous venues Whiskey a Go Go and The Roxy, she applied her previous clothing design experience to dressing musicians for rock performances. In 2005, she decided to open her own shop and brought her edgy-chic style to Utah.
"I wanted to move where I could open a fun, rock and roll vibe, bit of an edge [type of shop], and I wanted to be affordable." she says. "I am my own customer. I'm a working person that makes a decent amount of money, but not a lot of money, who likes cool stuff. That's how I shop."
Combining vacations with buying trips, she brings items from all over the globe: Morocco, Spain or Peru to name a few.
With her fashion expertise, Solissa acts as personal shopper, helping her customers pair items or find a great fitting piece.
She also keeps previous purchases on file, creating a personal buying history.
"It comes in handy. I do get a lot of men, overwhelmed and they never know what to buy. I just look up their wife or their girlfriend," she says. Knowing the right size and style, she helps them find the perfect gift.