Fashionistas alike often fight the battle of affordable versus fashionable. But finding bling that fits your budget does not mean you have to sacrifice your trendsetting style. And when you walk into PNK Elephant you quickly realize that this is not your typical accessory store. In fact, after just a few moments inside the store, you may begin to feel like you’re living a “jewelry fantasy”. And that is exactly the type of shopping experience owners Blair Sandlain and Kijafa Frink want you to have. “We pride ourselves on having some of the lowest prices on South Street. But when you walk into the store we want you to feel like you’re in your personal jewelry box” Sandlain laughs.
The relaxed boutique is reminiscent of ultra sheek walk-in closet, featuring a modern update on the retro vanity table, comfy couches, a gorgeous chandelier and some very fashionable manequeins. But it’s not just the décor that sets PNK Elephant apart from other accessory stores it’s the owners’ devotion to making every customer feel like a celebrity that keeps ’em coming back! “We’ve accessorized Jennifer Williams, Pamela Anderson, Marsha Ambrosious and so many others. But we look at all of our customers as celebrities and we treat them like that. We take pride in customer service. I think our customers see it and feel it and they want to be a part of it” Blair explains.
Some of the pieces are bold, like the cool ear cuff that Blair rocks. But PNK Elephant offers a variety of accessories: earrings and bracelets, purses, necklaces and rings; a collection that includes something to fit just about every style. The pieces that are selected are inspired by more than just fashion runways. “We take cues from everything. We look at the streets of Philadelphia, California, New York, the runways and magazines. And from that we’ll create inspiration boards to identify various trends. If we create an inspiration board and see that lace in is, we’ll all say yes, we have to have lace!”
The brand has been around for a few years now online, but the flagship location has been open since June 2011. The goal is to make PNK Elephant a household name, Blair tells me, ultimately expanding the store’s inventory and opening an entire chain of PNK Elephant locations all over the country. “Ultimately, we want to make all our items private label. And carry everything from bedding and housewares to tee shirts and handbags. We know that we were blessed with this opportunity so everyday we treat it that way. If the store is supposed to be open then we’re open. This is our business, so we have to serve as the catalyst. We’re just preparing for opportunities that we know will come”.
PNK Elephant also houses an upstairs lounge area and has hosted events such as local radio personality Kendra G’s recent book signing. PNK Elephant is located at 504 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. You can also shop online www.PNKElephant.com.
PNK Elephant currently runs promotions through Facebook and Twitter every Wednesday (Winsday Wednesday) and another contest Thursdays. So be sure to follow them on Twitter: @pnkaccessories and Like them of Facebook at PNK Elephant Accessories because you have to play to win!
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