First Pics: Occasionette gift shop now open at 1825 E. Passyunk Ave.

The paper has come off the windows at the new gift shop Occasionette, owned by Girls Can Tell entrepreneur Sara Selepouchin, at 1825 E. Passyunk Ave.

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Selepouchin says they are now open with most of the store’s stock and plan to have an official grand opening on Second Saturday, April 13, with refreshments and a photo booth.

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So, Selepouchin is actually running two businesses out of the same space. The back half is a production space for her handmade gift line Girls Can Tell, which she has been selling for six years. She recently moved Girls Can Tell from a space around the corner, which is quickly becoming home to the Aversa PR firm. The front half is her retail shop Occasionette, which is one of 150 shops that sell GCT merchandise. Selepouchin likened it to that episode of Full House when D.J. and Stephanie put tape down the middle of their room.

That's Liz in the production space. Say hi, Liz!
That’s Liz in the production space. Say hi, Liz!

But Selepouchin has made plenty of room for several other purveyors, including friends she’s met from around the country – Arizona, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Texas, more – at the New York International gift fair, the biggest trade show in the industry. Of course, several Philly folks are represented, too.

The sign is coming soon. It was most recently an Obama campaign office
The sign is coming soon. It was most recently an Obama campaign office

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Soon, she also plans to add gift-wrapping, kids toys and a few jewelry lines – sort of one-stop shopping for birthdays.

For more info, check out Occasionette’s website.

Hours (for now): Wed to Fri 2-8 p.m. and noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Now with Home up the block, Frame Fatale, Ecclectic Expressions coming soon in the old Minnie’s, and Nice Things, there are so many new gift shops that this hood is really on fire for a shopping trip. Nice.