We caught up with Darci Jacob of Panache’ on a quiet Sunday at her shop on Main Street in downtown Sarasota. A new way of doing business during this crisis was one of the questions we had. And, a Virtual Tour of her beautiful shop is available for viewing…see the link below and get some Retail Therapy!
We asked Darci about her background
Darci graduated in 1985 with a degree in fashion merchandise. She has been in the “rag trade”, as she calls it, for 35 years. Darci worked for Cache Clothing for 20 years as a store manager and a training store manager. At one time she ran both shops, one at Southgate Plaza and the other at UTC until the closing of the company.
When the company closed, another door opened, as it is said, and something very special happened. Clara Schneider, Darci’s district manager, had left 10 years earlier to open her own successful store in Mt. Dora. She approached Darci about opening another boutique in downtown Sarasota…the answer was, “Yes!” And, Panache’ was born!
Darci has developed a strong following during the five years she has been there. This is undoubtedly because of her warm and welcoming way that makes everyone who enters the charming shop feel at ease and some days we can even sip and shop! Her fabulous lines include Frank Lyman, Last Tango, Clara Sun Woo, Jess and Jane, Tribal Mesmerized and Brighton.
Fashion is Darci’s passion. She hosts over twenty fashion shows during the season at offsite venues, one being the beautiful Ritz Carlton. She also hosts many “sip and shops”, where a portion of the proceeds go to charity. In-store fashion shows include the Holiday Show and Mother’s Day.
We asked Darci about what she offers her customers and what makes her different
One of the most important things Darci does for each customer is give them very attentive care. She can dress her customers from head to toe: a beautiful hat, dress, jewelry and the legendary Onex shoes are all in one spot. You can get dressed and head out for your appointment, lunch, or event!
Darci’s creative spirit and dedication to her customers inspired her to carry beautiful masks, a new and necessary fashion accessory. To serve her customers, hand sanitizer is available for purchase as well. The shop is sanitized between each client and guests can put their minds at ease when they visit.
More about Darci
Community service has always been a top priority for Darci. She is on the Board at SPARCC (Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center) and assists with fashion shows for Big Brother Big Sister/Live Laugh Love.
She is married to Stephen Jacob who owns a painting company. Their son Hunter has just graduated from Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and will be moving to Roanoke to accept a position in which he will use his degree in Civil Engineering. He attended Sarasota Military Academy and Darci is still involved as PTCC Treasurer.
So, Darci is a busy lady and cares passionately about her community and her clients!
Virtual tour of Panache’
Retail Therapy location
1441 Main Street, Beautiful Downtown Sarasota
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Editor’s note: Christine wrote another wonderful story on The Sarasota Post about Panache’.
Photo from Panache’.