Langston to take over as owner of women’s clothing boutique on Sixth Street Promenade

Kelli Langston

Kelli Langston plans to add several new clothing brands to the Sweet Apricot Shop, as well as original arts by local artists. | David Adam

QUINCY — The Sweet Apricot Shop soon will be under new ownership. 

Sara Platt, owner of the women’s clothing boutique at 129 N. Sixth, recently announced on Facebook she is selling the 12-year-old retail business to Kelli Langston. The two have been working for more a month to ensure a smooth transition. 

“I’m beyond thrilled to pass the torch to Kelli,” Platt said in a press release. “She’s vibrant, kind and hard-working, and I’m sure the Sweet Apricot will continue to be a downtown pillar under her leadership.”

“I’ve known Sara and The Sweet Apricot Shop for years,” Langston said. “It’s a beautiful store, and Sara has done a great job making everyone feel welcome. She has chosen great brands known for quality. I’m excited to continue what she started, and I also will offer my creativity to add to the customer experience.” 

Langston said she plans to bring in several new brands not offered in the Quincy area. She also plans to offer original art by local artists.

“True story: I grew up in the era of malls. As a teenager, I loved clothes and shopping so much that I joked that I wished I could end up locked in the mall overnight,” Langston said. “I wanted to try on all of the clothes and enjoy all of the new merchandise without missing any of it. I never succeeded at getting locked in the store, but now when I say owning this store is a dream come true, I’m not joking. I’m having a blast already.” 

Langston already is working with other retailers along the Sixth Street Promenade and the District to offer special events. A Sip and Shop event is scheduled for Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in collaboration with neighboring stores Domestics, Etc., Enchanted Books, Sassy Jo’s Boutique, The Silhouette Shoppe and Yellow Kiss Boutique. 

The store will offer special discounts and artwork for sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24 to complement the popular Midsummer Arts Faire events going on one block away in Washington Park. 

“The Sixth Street Promenade development is very exciting,” Langston said. “I’m hopeful that this street redesign will be much more appealing to visitors and will offer more opportunities for fun events that draw a crowd. It’s a great time to jump into this area as a business owner. Construction may not be fun while it lasts, but we’ll make the best of it. 

“I’m optimistic that the Sixth Street Promenade retailers will work together to help each other … and of course, the outcome will be incredible for the community.”

The Sweet Apricot Shop will remain open during the transition with slightly modified summer hours. Look for updated hours on the shop’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. 

Online orders placed through www.shopsweetapricot.com will be filled as quickly as possible. The store will honor previously purchased gift cards.

The Sweet Apricot Shop first opened in 2011.

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