Calling this past year “just a blip on the radar of 15 joyous years,” Georganne Bryant has announced that she’s looking to sell or close Frances, a midtown Phoenix favorite that’s been voted best boutique by Phoenix New Times readers 15 times.
Bryant announced her decision to retire in a pair of emotional videos on Instagram, thanking customers and staff for their support through a “super difficult” year defined by COVID-19 and the challenges that placed on businesses like Frances.
“It really, really pulled us through and we came out stronger than ever,” Bryant said in the announcement. “We just really appreciate our caring community and the kindness…. We feel like we did hard things and we came out the other side.”
This past year has given Bryant, who named the store after her grandmother, plenty of time to reflect.
“I turned 60 this last year,” Bryant said. “My husband is turning 68 and retiring this year.”
They’ve had a lot of late night conversations about what comes next, Bryant said.
“And we feel like it’s time for us to slow it down, take those road trips we wanted to do in our 20s but we didn’t have any money, just really slow down and enjoy life.”
Both of their kids live out of state, Bryant said.
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She and her husband, Bryant said, would like to “travel and see family more and hike a lot of miles and read a lot of books,” adding “We feel super grateful that we have that choice to do that.”
That leaves two options for Frances, a modern boutique that sells clothing, jewelry, home essentials and artisan gifts by local artists — closing up shop or finding someone else to keep it open.
“So here I am putting it out there,” Bryant said.
“If there is anyone that has always dreamed of owning a boutique – I mean, best boutique in Phoenix, voted by New Times for 15 years straight. Are you kind? Are you courageous? Are you creative? Are you into shopping local and love local artists? Do you also like to work hard? Does working hard pump you up? Are you passionate about what you do?”
Leaving Frances, a business located in Medlock Plaza at Camelback Road and Central Avenue, “is definitely one of the hardest things I’ve had to do…. I love Frances and I know that there is someone else out there that also loves Frances,” she said.
Bryant doesn’t have a definite timeline for when she’d like to done. For now, the boutique will stay open and customers won’t see any changes at the moment.
In closing her Instagram video, Bryant said, “I couldn’t ask for a better community.”
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